ATCU president urges new NBC leaders to preserve the Godly heritage

ATCU president urges new NBC leaders to preserve the Godly heritage
ATCU Communication Department

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Speaking at the installation service for the new officers, directors, and committee members of the North Bahamas Conference (NBC) held January 13, 2016, Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), urged the incoming administrators and directors to guard and preserve that which they were receiving, the Godly heritage of spreading the gospel message.

Being installed as the new president of NBC was Pastor Henry Moncur who was voted by the NBC executive committee to replace Pastor Errol Tinker, retired as of December 31, 2015. Pastor Andrew Burrows, former youth, stewardship, personal ministries, and communication director of ATCU, was installed as the new executive secretary of the field, replacing Pastor Henry Moncur. Additionally, three new departmental directors and two committee members were inaugurated.

Gathered for the occasion were the presiding ATCU officers, government officials, clergymen from the community, conference members, and family members and guests of the inaugurated officers, directors, and committee members.
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In his address, Johnson further explained to the leaders that in order for them to preserve the Godly heritage that they were receiving, they would need to remember that what they had and what they had become did not originate because of their doing. It came from God through the training and guidance of their parents, mentors, friends, and others along the way.

“When we forget those whom God used to train us, to inspire us, to impact us, we, in essence, forget God,” said Johnson.

The union president went on to encourage the newly elected individuals to preserve the Godly heritage by making leaders out of others. Highlighting the contributions of Pastor Tinker to the Adventist church and, in particular, NBC, Johnson stated that Pastor Tinker, over the years, had taken the time to train and nurture those with whom he had worked, leaving a strong and distinguished heritage upon which to build.

Dr. Johnson’s final exhortation on preserving the Godly heritage was that the administrators, directors, and committee members as well as the congregation should keep God’s Word at the center of their lives.

“Not only must we preach the Word, we must live the Word. We must abide by the Word, even though the Word may not be popular. Leaders, please remember, if it is not backed up by the Word, even if it means that we are going to lose certain subventions from the government, we cannot compromise.”

The NBC, the administrative body that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the north Bahamas (covering Abaco, the Berry Islands, Bimini, and Grand Bahama), has over three thousand members and is one of the four fields that comprise the ATCU. The other three fields are the South Bahamas Conference, the Cayman Islands Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.