On June 7 and June 8, 2021, the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NBC) held its Sixth Regular Session at the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church, located on Torcross Road and Sandcombe Drive in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. Under the theme, With Christ As Our Guide, We Will Go, delegates meet over the two-day event to:
- Receive reports from the conference officers, auditor and departmental directors.
- Receive the recommendations of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee
- Elect the officers and departmental directors to serve for the next four years.
- Elect a new executive committee to serve for the next four years.
Pastor David Poloche, ADRA Director for the Inter-American Division (IAD) delivered the keynote address, on Monday afternoon, June 7, 2021. Pastor Poloche used the example of Daniel found in Daniel 6:1-26 to inspire the delegates to be faithful to God. His admonition was, that like Daniel we should be trustworthy, have integrity, and most importantly have a consistent prayer life. Pastor Michael A. Smith, Departmental Director at the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) presented the devotional message on Tuesday morning, June 8, 2021.
At the conclusion of the session, the delegates elected the following persons along with executive committee members to serve the conference over the next four years.
Eric D. Clarke, President
Andrew E. Burrows, Executive Secretary
Tonia M. Palmer, Chief Financial Officer
Peter Watson, Adventist Youth Ministry
Violet Stubbs, Health Ministry
Linda Patrick, Children and Adolescent Ministry
Arlene Sands, Women’s Ministry
The Installation Service for the newly elected officers, directors, and committee members, was held on Tuesday evening, June 8. 2021. Taking his mandate from John 9:4, Pastor Peter Kerr, President of the ATCU, challenged the newly installed persons, and all members of the North Bahamas Conference to work while it is day because the night is coming when we will not be able to carry out the work and mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Eric D. Clarke, newly elected president of the NBC, expressed thanks to Almighty God for His covering during hurricane Dorian and the Covid-19 pandemic He also thanked the delegates and prayer teams for their prayers during the session
In his response to the message by the Pastor Peter Kerr, president of ATCU, Pastor Clarke, delineated seven areas of heightened emphasis during the upcoming quadrennium; Children and Adolescent Ministry (CHAM) Adventist Youth Ministry, Family Life, Evangelism, Education, Stewardship and Community Services. Further, pastor Clarke underscored that “there is a commitment by the delegates to embrace the evangelistic plans to build up God’s kingdom and hasten the coming of Christ.”