Seventh-day Adventist Church World Leader to Visit ATCU

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On Saturday, July 27, 2013 Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson, world leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will visit the Bahamas for a service of thanksgiving to be held at the Independence Ball Room, Sheraton Cable Beach Hotel. Invited by the Atlantic Caribbean Union, Pastor Wilson will deliver the sermon at the Divine Service focusing on Revival and Reformation. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy Wilson, Pastor Wilson is slated to meet the Governor General of the Bahamas, Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis, and the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Obie Wilchombe. Invitations have also been extended to various religious leaders to attend this service. Services will include Sabbath School (8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.) and Divine Worship (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.).

Pastor Wilson who was born in Takoma Park, Maryland on May 10, 1950, was elected as president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church during the General Conference Session in July 2010. The son of former General Conference President Neal C. Wilson and Elinor E. Wilson, he spent part of his childhood in Egypt.

He began his church career as a pastor in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference. In 1975, he married Nancy Louise Volimer, a physical therapist. The couple has three married daughters - Emilie Louise, Elizabeth Esther, Catherine Anne, and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Pastor Wilson served as an assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981. He went on to serve as departmental director and later as executive secretary in the Africa-Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, until 1990.

Following his post in West Africa, he served for two years at the church's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, as an associate secretary. Next he accepted the position of president of the church's Euro-Asia Division in Moscow, Russia, which he held from 1992 to 1996. Pastor Wilson returned to the Unites States to serve as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, until his election as a General Conference vice president in 2000.

An ordained minister, Pastor Wilson holds a doctorial degree in Religious Education from New York University, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University, and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University's School of Public Health. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Russian.