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9-19-11 Dr. Ron C. Smith Elected President of the Southern Union

Gordon Retzer has chosen to retire

In its 18th Quinquennial Session on Sunday, September 18, 2011, the Southern Union Conference elected Dr. Ron C. Smith, D.Min, Ph.D, president. Smith will be replacing current president Gordon Retzer who has chosen to retire.

 “Thank you for trusting us,” says Smith, “and by God’s grace we want to be loyal, faithful and committed to your charge.”

The session, chaired by North American Division President Dan Jackson, also elected Jim Davidson, president of the Carolina Conference, to serve as Executive Secretary, and re-elected Randy Robinson treasurer, Dennis Milburn undertreasurer, and Carlos Salazar association treasurer.
In addition all departmental directors and associates were returned to office with the exception of those who have chosen to retire:
Communication - Steven Norman, III
Education Director - Debra Fryson
Education Specialist - Gene Brewer
Secondary Director - Jim Ingersoll
Elementary Director - Diane Ruff
Early Childhood Director - Tamara Libernati
Planned Giving and Trust Services - Tom Carter
Evangelism and Church Growth Institute - Ralph Ringer
Hispanic Ministries - Jorge Mayer
Native American Ministries - Fred Rogers
Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director - Amireh Al-Haddad
Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Associate Director - Kevin James 
Publishing Director - William Smith
Associate Publishing Director - Keith Reid
Information Systems - Todd Mace
Women’s Ministries - Laura Smith
Chaplaincy Director - Les Rilea
Three positions were referred to the Executive Committee to be filled: Sabbath School; ASI; and Children’s Ministries which was held by the late Oliver J. McKinney; Church Ministries and Youth, which were held by Allan Williamson; and Ministerial/Evangelism which were held by Dennis Ross. These latter two men are retiring after serving the church for more than 40 years each.
During the past five years the members, pastors, educators, medical personnel, and literature evangelists have all worked together to present the gospel to their neighbors, relatives, and friends. A major evangelistic push was made in the Good News Atlanta outreach initiative. As a result more than 47,000 new members were baptized during the past five years. The Southern Union now has more than 255,000 members who collectively gave just under 1 billion dollars ($933,724,874) in tithe during the same period. This growth and faithfulness in stewardship is a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit and the commitment of the Southern Union to keep evangelism as its consistent purpose, practice, and priority. We thank God for His bountiful blessings.

Photo: Dr. Ron C. Smith new president of the Southern Union Conference, and his wife Yolanda are congratulated by Dan Jackson, NAD president and Chair of the Session.
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