Atlantic Caribbean Union

ACUM Votes Departmental Changes

By Cheryl Rolle

At their mid-year committee meetings held during May 22 – 23, 2012, committee members of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) voted the following departmental changes:
Pastor Andrew Burrows will serve as director for the Youth, Stewardship, and Communication Departments and as the associate director for the Personal Ministries Department.

Pastor Burrows joins the ACUM headquarters staff with 18 years’ experience in pastoral ministry in the South Bahamas Conference (formerly the Bahamas Conference) headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas, where he served as pastor, youth director, and community services coordinator. At the time of his appointment, he pastored the Bethany and Gambier Churches and directed the activities of Community Services of the South Bahamas Conference. He is married to Karen Burrows, a teacher at Bahamas Academy, and they have three children: Zandrea, Talia, and Andreaz.

Pastor Al Powell was asked to remain as personal ministries director in addition to serving in his substantive position as executive secretary of the Cayman Islands Conference while the union seeks to employ a union evangelist who would also assume the position of personal ministries director.

Dr. Cheryl Rolle, while retaining directorship of the Education and Children’s Ministries Departments, will now oversee the work in the Sabbath School Department and serve as associate in the Secretariat.

These changes came as a result of Pastor Al Powell, who held the positions of youth, Sabbath School and personal ministries director of ACUM, being elected executive secretary at the third quadrennial session of the Cayman Islands Conference held earlier this year.

Additionally, the executive committee voted to appoint Pastor Michael Smith, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission, as the rotating member on the Inter-American Division Executive Committee, an appointment formerly held by Pastor Errol Tinker, president of the North Bahamas Conference whose contribution during his term on the committee was acknowledged and appreciated.

Pastor Leonardo Rahming was voted to sit on the General Conference Executive Committee, replacing Pastor Shiann O’Connor, who was elected President of the Cayman Islands Conference in January of this year. Who serves on the committee is governed by a formula that determines the category of ACUM representation during a quinquennium. Because the representation required of ACUM this term is for a frontline worker such as a pastor, a new representative from ACUM had to be named. Pastor Rahming currently serves as the pastor of the Maranatha Church in the South Bahamas Conference.