Welcome to the 2Serve Disaster Training and Response Website

About us



Jim Ingersoll 

Retired Seventh-day Adventist Educator

2Serve Program Director

Debbie Baker

President - Heritage Academy

2Serve Logistics Director 

Josh Haley

Boys Dean - Heritage Academy

2Serve Training Director

Becky Ingersoll

Retired Nurse and Seventh-day Adventist Educator

2Serve Trainer and Food Service Director

Peter Cousins

Principal - Tri-City Christian Academy

2Serve Tri-City Program Director



Use young people in disaster response and training to do the most good for the most people as the hands and feet of Jesus 

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7 



2Serve provides life changing experiences for academy and college age young people by involving them in the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church through FEMA CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training and opportunities to safely and effectively aid survivors of a disaster.

“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon coming Savior might be carried to the whole world. How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin!“ ED 271

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us--yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalms 90:17

"The Great Teacher cooperates with all the efforts made to relieve suffering humanity. Teach the students to make a practical application of the lessons they have received. As they witness human woe and the deep poverty of those they are trying to help, they will be stirred with compassion. Their hearts will be softened and subdued by the deep, holy principals revealed in the Word of God. We must now see what can be done to educate students in practical missionary work."  MS 70, 1898

"Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."  Matthew 25:35-37

Brief History


August, 2005 Hurricane Katrina was a defining time in how to effectively utilize academy and college age students to effect incredible change for good in the outcome of survivors lives from that horrific disaster. Adventist young people were being used to make incredible daily improvements in the lives of those impacted by the storm.

Over a five week span more than 1,200 students and staff from Southern Union academies and universities along with church youth groups and academies from around the United States had life changing experiences helping Hurricane Katrina survivors. An average of 152 students and staff per day participated. They manned portable kitchens, operated a POD (Point of Distribution) that loaded supplies into 600 to a 1,000 cars per day to feed six counties, unloaded trucks to supply the POD and helped Bass Memorial Academy and the surrounding community with their recovery efforts.

It was the involvement with ACTS in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist young people's lives were so profoundly changed that 2Serve has it roots. Over the years this movement has evlovloed into the present day  2Serve Disaster Training and Response Program. 

2Serve provides opportunities for academy and college age young people to serve those impacted by disasters of many kinds. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is provided to prepare young people and their sponsors to aid their family members and community when a disaster strikes until first responders arrive.

2Serve is an organization whose purpose is to train and utilize young people in times of disaster by providing life changing experiences for them and those they serve.  2Serve is partnering with Adventist academies, universities and conferences along with state organizations to prepare and enable young people to come to the aid of survivors after a disaster strikes.