2013 Declared the Year of Communication

By: Zhivago McPhee/Communications Department

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Approximately two hundred communication directors and media personnel from around the Inter-American Division (IAD) convened in Miami, Florida during November 26 – 28, 2012, to attend the first division-wide Communication Summit. The theme for the event was “Creative Disciples.”
During his presentation, Williams Costa, communication director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, informed the attendees that throughout the world church, 2013 will be observed as the “Year of Communication.”

Officially opening the Summit, Pastor Israel Leito, president of IAD shared with the attentive audience that he had initially attended Howard University to attain a PhD in Mass Communication, admitting that he never thought he would become a division president. He also pointed out the important role of communication in life. “Communication is at the center of everything, including salvation,” he said, also emphasizing that “Communication is life” and that “Jesus is the ultimate communicator.”


Presenting timely information were some of the communication leaders from the Adventist World Church. Among them were Marvin King, web manager for Adventist World Radio, Ansel Oliver, editor of the Adventist News Network, and Garrett Caldwell, chief public relations officer of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) was well represented at the summit with attendees coming from the North Bahamas, South Bahamas, and Cayman Islands Conferences and the ATCU headquarters. Heading ATCU’s delegation was the union communication director, Pastor Andrew Burrows.

Speaking to the importance of communication, Kaneil Barrett, information technology manager for the Cayman Islands Conference remarked that communication is the hub of everything that happens in the church. He further reflected that “the summit, true to its theme, was creative and inspiring.”

The Summit was a great success and attendees left filled with the motivation and passion to fulfill the mission of the Adventist World Church, spreading God’s word to all the world as “Creative Disciples.”

As a part of next year’s activities, William Costa announced that the Adventist World Church will host a communication summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and that next year’s Adult Sabbath School study guides for the first quarter will focus on creation, which is tied to the theme of “Creative Disciples.”