Atlantic Caribbean Union

Seventh-day Adventist Church World Leader Visits ATCU

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Article By: Andrew Burrows, Communication Director, ATCU

Elder Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists along with his wife, Nancy, visited the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) on Sabbath, July 27, 2013. More than 1800 persons came together to worship God and to hear from the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist world church at a special Sabbath service which was held at the Sheraton Hotel, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

In his remarks to the congregants, Pastor Leonard A Johnson, president of ATCU, noted that given that there were 119 unions within the Adventist world church, it was of great significance that the ATCU, having been formed less than three years ago, could be the recipient of a visit from the president of the Adventist World Church.

During his message to the members of the union and guests, Pastor Wilson focused on the theme of the Adventist world church, “Revival and Reformation.”

“God’s all-encompassing righteousness involves the completeness of both justification and sanctification. It is His way of bringing us into an immediate and long-term relationship with Him,” said Pastor Wilson. “It’s only…Christ’s all-encompassing righteousness, of justification and sanctification that will save you and me, change us and nurture us into Christ’s disciples, who can be powerful witnesses to the countries of the Cayman Islands… the Turks and Caicos and to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

Pastor Wilson further emphasized that although Seventh-day Adventists must believe and teach their distinctive truth and doctrines, it should be noted that salvation comes only from Jesus.

Also present at the occasion were Pastor Leon Wellington, vice president of the Adventist Church in Inter-America, and his wife, Shirnet; the leaders of the four fields comprising the ATCU: Pastor Paul Scavella, president of the South Bahamas Conference; Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference; Pastor Errol Tinker, president of the North Bahamas Conference; and Pastor Michael Smith, President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission. Other special guests included the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, prime minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; Dr. Hubert Minnis, leader of the Opposition; and Dr. Gloria Ferguson, secretary of the Bahamas Christian Council.

The service was streamed live via internet as well as carried by the local Adventist television channel and the radio station of the South Bahamas Conference. As a result, the service was viewed in various islands in the Bahamas archipelago and by congregations from the other countries within ATCU namely, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Dr. Rufus Ewing, premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and a member of the Blue Hills Seventh-day church in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, watched the entire service at his home church.

“I was indeed proud of the leadership of our church and delighted to be a part of the mission, and vision of the Seventh-day Adventist church in our union,” Dr. Ewing said.

Elder Ted Wilson was elected as president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church during the General Conference Session in July 2010 which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Atlantic Caribbean Union, with its headquarters in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is one of the many unions of the Adventist world church and covers the countries of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. There are approximately 32,000 Seventh-day Adventist members within the Atlantic Caribbean Union.