Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU Educators Participate in IAD's First Virtual Education Congress

ATCU Educators Participate in IAD's First Virtual Education Congress
Communication Department, ATCU

On Sabbath, November 12, 2013, approximately 80 educators from throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) met in their respective fields to be a part of the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) first virtual education congress. The event was streamed live across the division's territory from the headquarters of the IAD in Miami, Florida. According to information from the organizers of the congress, which can be found on the IAD’s website at, more than 120 educators from the 22 unions in IAD attended the live event at the division’s headquarters with thousands more from around Inter-America viewing by internet.

In New Providence, teachers and administrators from Bahamas Academy, one of the four schools within the union, worshipped at the union's headquarters on Gladstone Road. Dr. Cheryl Rolle, education director for ATCU, brought brief remarks, explaining that the congress was organized to achieve three main objectives: (1) To strengthen commitment to God; (2) To strengthen commitment to the church; and (3) To strengthen the personal commitment of the educators and leaders of the educational system in the IAD territory. The activities and presentations affirmed that the mission of the educational system of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was to see the children and youth of the church saved in Christ’s kingdom. Presenters included Dr. Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, education director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC); Dr. Gamaliel Florez, education director of IAD; and Pastor Samuel Telemaque, director of the Office of Adventist Mission and associate Sabbath School and personal ministries director of the IAD.

In Freeport, Grand Bahama, teachers from Grand Bahama Academy viewed the congress at the North Bahamas Conference office. In the Cayman Islands, Pastor Ivor Harry, education director for the conference, reports that on the Friday evening before the Sabbath morning service, 25 teachers from Cayman Academy participated in a communion service and love feast. Then, on Sabbath morning, they assembled at the school's auditorium to be a part of the virtual congress.

Representing the Atlantic Caribbean Union at the site of the live event in Miami, Florida were Rowena Smith from Bahamas Academy, Mr. Henry Morgan from Grand Bahama Academy, and Mrs. Asha Singh from Cayman Academy. DSC_9146DSC_9148DSC_9151DSC_9152DSC_9155
Photos by John Garcia