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Two new individuals elected
The 29th quinquennial session of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists® convened at on Sunday, June 12, at Machlan Auditorium on the campus of Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Jose Rojas, director of the North American Division Office of Volunteer Ministries, presented the devotional message. Rojas encouraged the delegates to be included among those who believe and are not afraid to share the message and “do a holy thing and watch God finish His work through us.”
The officers re-elected were: Donald King, president; Carlyle Simmons, executive secretary; Leon Thomassian, treasurer; Dionisio Olivo, Hispanic and Portuguese Ministries vice president; Trevor Forbes, associate treasurer; Astrid Thomassian, education director; and Jerrell Gilkeson, education associate director.
Two new individuals were elected: Pierre Omeler, Haitian and African Ministries vice president; and Jose Cortes, Youth Ministries director. Omeler comes to the union from the Northeastern Conference where he serves as the Haitian Ministries coordinator. Cortes comes to the union from the Greater New York Conference were he serves as the Youth Ministries director.
Individuals serving in other departments in the Atlantic Union, including Communication, Disabilities Ministries, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, and Women’s Ministries, will be presented to the executive committee at an upcoming executive committee meeting.
The delegates completed all items on the agenda, including electing members to serve on the executive committee and association board, and voting minor changes to the constitution and bylaws.
Donald King, relected president, took time to recognize Louis Metellus and his wife, Dell, for their commitment and for Metellus’ work in the areas of Haitian and African ministries, prison ministries, and Adventist Community Services for past five years. King also acknowledged Bill Wood and his wife, Janet, for their commitment and dedication to the youth in the Atlantic Union and for Wood’s work for the past 12-plus years in youth ministries. Wood announced his retirement earlier this year.
King called the delegates to be committed in the next quinquennium and to be more actively involved in evangelism and getting the message out about a soon-coming Savior. He announced plans for an evangelistic initiative in New York City in 2013. The General Conference, North American Division, Atlantic Union Conference, and its six conferences will be involved in this initiative, especially the two conferences in New York City—Greater New York and Northeastern. King encouraged the delegates to pray earnestly that God will pour out His Holy Spirit as the Atlantic Union engages in this campaign.
The Atlantic Union Conference, headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the northeast United States and Bermuda, serves six conferences, 63 schools, one college, one health care facility, and more than 104,520 members worshiping in 566 churches and 63 groups.
Ednor A. P. Davison
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