Adventist Defense League Academy

Apologetics and Evangelism Training Institute

What is ADLA?

The ADLA or Adventist Defense League Academy is a travelling school that exists because there is a need for the church to be trained in apologetics and proper outreach methods. Many believers do not engage in apologetics and outreach efforts because they do not know how. We believe that training in witnessing, evangelism and theology will result in both successful outreach and more intimate experience with Jesus. Equipped with the proper tools, students become confident “fishers of men,” actively working in their church and community. The need for this kind of training is evident in our churches and we want to fill that need.

Who receives the training?

We provide this training to churches, not individuals. We do have plans to provide individual training soon.


Among other things, members will be taught the following:

  • How to create and give Christ centered bible studies.
  • Persuasion and witnessing techniques.
  • How to preach for decisions.
  • How to conduct community outreach.
  • Apologetics and doctrinal studies.

Members will also participate in community events, live preaching, giving devotionals, and special prayer times. 


Depends. We offer four types of courses:


For four weeks we dive into outreach and apologetics in a very informative and practical way. Depending on the schedule created with the church, the last week may be a week-long seminar.


This is a 1-week intensive. The most important materials are selected and condensed during this course. However this does not include any outreach effort.


This is a 1 day course. We give two presentations with a small quiz at the end. This seminar is great for churches that want to first try out the school for a day.


Our training classes are brought to churches on a donation basis. We do require coverage of travel and stay.


Impact peoples life in the most vital way


Training and materials for successful outreach


We have a dedicated and professional team of God-fearing men and women who have a passion for defending the truth and spreading the gospel message.

Edwin M. Cotto, Director and Instructor

With years of experience in evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries including Our Higher Calling and Spanish ministry El Ministerio Internacional Jesús es la Solución where he had the opportunity to travel conducting evangelistic meetings. Edwin has also appeared on 3ABN, worked as the main apologist at the Adventist Defense League, and is trained and certified with the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is also a Bible Worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Diana has a passion for working for the Lord and has directed the communications department in her local church. As a graduate with her B.A. in graphic design and web development, she uses her education and talent as a means to further the kingdom of God on the social media and internet platform. She is the main designer for our previous training website. Diana is married with two children. Diana and Edwin enjoy spending time with their family and making sure their children are instructed in the love of Christ.

Diana C. Cotto, Director of Communications and Media

Pastor Timothy Taylor, Instructor

Timothy Taylor currently serves as the pastor of the Lake Wales and Frostproof Churches for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is also the President of Army of Youth Ministries which seeks to network, train, and mobilize members for ministry. He is a graduate of Andrews University (MDiv), Southern Adventist University (BA in Theology), and AFCOE (Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism). Pastor Tim enjoys meeting new people and sharing his love for Jesus Christ. He has traveled throughout the world on various speaking engagements to offer hope and encouragement to others.

Claudia Lourenco directs our prayer department. We believe That prayer is essential and as such we decided to have a Prayer Department where we are encouraged at every available moment to pray for our ministry and our efforts in reaching souls. Claudia also aids in the teaching department where she helps collect and grade all classroom papers. She enjoys working for the Lord and teaching vegan cooking classes!

Claudia Lourenco, Director of Prayer and Teacher’s Assistance

Paola Vales, Director of Photography and Video

Paola Vales is our 19 year old pride and joy! She directs our Photography and Video department. All through high school she has been involved in the Audio and Visual class which lead her to grow a great love for both photography and video. Although she found it quite interesting and grew very close to the subject, she has developed a much bigger and greater passion which is working for the Lord Jesus Christ. Her previous experience working for an important photography studio has made her a valuable asset to our school!

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The Adventist Defense League Academy is deeply committed to training you in successful outreach and apologetics!

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Whether it is to find out further information or book a training program we’d love to here from you.

If you are considering booking training please know there may be wait times due to demands. Please book early.

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