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ATCU Installs New President and Executive Secretary

ATCU Installs New President and Executive Secretary
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On the morning of May 19, 2018, Pastor Peter Kerr and Dr. Cheryl Rolle were installed as president and executive secretary, respectively, of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), the administrative body that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Presiding over the ceremony at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist church in Nassau, Bahamas was the president of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), Pastor Israel Leito who was assisted by Pastor Elie Henry, IAD president-elect, and Pastor Leonard Johnson, IAD executive secretary-elect.

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Pastor Johnson, the outgoing president of ATCU, expressed confidence and pride in the leadership ability of Pastor Kerr as he reflected on how Pastor Kerr and his family sacrificed much as they worked diligently to increase the membership of the Adventist church in TCI from just under 200 in 1990 to over 2000 in 2010. “The Turks and Caicos Islands is a thriving tourist destination now. However, twenty years ago the comforts you find in that country now were not available,” said Johnson. “Pastor Kerr did not ask for a transfer, instead he persevered. And the Lord blessed the faithfulness of the church in TCI,” continued Johnson.

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During the ceremony, Pastor Leito observed that Dr. Rolle was the first female to be appointed as union executive secretary within the IAD. “It is our pleasure to present this godly qualified woman. It is the first time in the history of the Inter-American Division that we have a woman as a union secretary,” said Pastor Leito. “We need to continue to encourage female leadership, not just because they are female but because they are qualified,” he continued.

Using 2 Kings 2:23 as his key text, Pastor Leito further told the leaders that the blessed privilege of all leaders is to trust in the Lord to fight their battles. “Always remember that those who oppose, who mock, who lie, who reject all need salvation, and it is your duty as a leader to work with them for their own salvation…don’t be a counterpuncher,” he admonished. He also encouraged the congregation to support their leaders and to be fearless in speaking up when their leaders are acting outside church policy.

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Also present at the service were the Honourable Lanisha Rolle, M. P., Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, who was representing the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis; and the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, M. P., leader of the official opposition. Both officials congratulated the new officers and expressed appreciation to the Adventist church for its contribution to nation building.

The installation of new ATCU officers was precipitated when the IAD executive committee elected Pastor Elie Henry (former IAD executive secretary) to the IAD presidency, replacing Pastor Israel Leito who announced his retirement (effective August 2018) as president at the IAD’s mid-year meetings in March of this year. At that same meeting, the IAD also elected Pastor Leonard Johnson, former ATCU president, to serve as IAD executive secretary, replacing Pastor Henry.

With Dr. Johnson’s election and pending relocation to Miami, Florida where the IAD is headquartered, the IAD executive committee then elected Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary since November 2010 and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU associate secretary, as the new ATCU president and executive secretary, respectively.

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Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as an intern in the Spanish Town district of churches and later in the South Manchester district of churches. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks & Caicos Islands Mission where he served for 20 years as president.

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Dr. Rolle, a commissioned minister and an educator with over twenty-nine years’ experience, has served as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and conference education and children’s ministries director with the Adventist church in the Bahamas. She has been serving as the education, children’s ministries, and communication director of ATCU since January 2011 and as associate secretary since May 2012.

The IAD has 24 Unions, 150 local fields, and over 3 million members spread across 37 countries, including The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands which make up the ATCU.

Installation Service for Newly Elected ATCU Officers

Installation Service for Newly Elected ATCU Officers
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A very special invitation is extended to all members to attend the installation service for Pastor Peter Kerr and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, the newly elected president and secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), that will be held at the Grant’s Town Church on Sabbath, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Inter-American Division (IAD), will preside, performing what will be his last official function in our union before his retirement which becomes effective August 1, 2018. He will be assisted by Dr. Elie Henry, IAD secretary/IAD president-elect; Dr. Filiberto Verduzco, IAD treasurer; and Pastor Leonard Johnson, IAD secretary-elect and outgoing ATCU president.

New Officers Elected to Serve at ATCU

New Officers Elected to Serve at ATCU
By Dawne Forbes

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The executive committee of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) voted on Monday, March 26, 2018, to ask Dr. Elie Henry, who has been serving as the executive secretary for the IAD for the past eight years, to serve as the new president for the IAD. He will be replacing Dr. Israel Leito who will be retiring on August 1, 2018. With this action being taken, the IAD executive committee then voted to ask Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, IAD associate ministerial secretary and the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s (ATCU) first president, to serve as the new executive secretary of the IAD.
Dr. Johnson is now the second person from ATCU to serve at the IAD level with Pastor Al Powell from the Cayman Islands being the first. While Dr. Johnson is also the second Bahamian elected to serve at the IAD (the first being Pastor Leslie V. McMillan), he will be the first Bahamian to serve in an administrative position.
In light of Dr. Johnson’s recent election and pending relocation to Miami, Florida where the IAD is headquartered, the IAD executive committee also elected Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary since November 2010 and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU associate secretary, as the new ATCU president and executive secretary, respectively. The new positions will become effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Rolle will be the first female in the IAD to serve in this position at the union level.
Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as an intern in the Spanish Town district of churches and later in the South Manchester district of churches. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks & Caicos Islands Mission where he served for 20 years as president.
Dr. Rolle, a commissioned minister and an educator with over twenty-nine years’ experience, has served as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and conference education and children’s ministries director with the Adventist church in the Bahamas. She has been serving as the education, children’s ministries, and communication director of ATCU since January 2011 and as associate secretary since May 2012.
The IAD has 24 Unions, 150 local fields, and over 3 million members spread across 37 countries, including The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands which make up the ATCU.

ATCU Fields Give Financial Aid to TCIM at Union’s Year-end Meetings

ATCU Fields Give Financial Aid to TCIM at Union’s Year-end Meetings
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Under the theme “Faithfulness to His Word,” the executive committee of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), the principal governing and policy-making body of the Adventist church in the Atlantic Caribbean region, conducted its year-end meetings on November 9, 2017 (held via video conference) and November 14, 2017 (convened at the union office in Nassau, Bahamas).

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The thirty-member committee is made up of representatives from the four fields of ATCU (Cayman Islands Conference, North Bahamas Conference, South Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM)) as well as the union’s university, Northern Caribbean University. Representing the Inter-American Division (IAD) was Pastor Balvin Braham, assistant to the president for evangelism and field secretary. Agenda items focused on implementing key strategies for evangelism, leadership development, and education among others.

Assistance for TCIM
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During the meeting on November 14, members praised God for His mercies during the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria which barreled through the Turks and Caicos Islands in early September 2017. Pastor Smith, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission, reported that while all of the buildings sustained major damage, residents and members were thankful that no lives were lost as a direct result of the hurricanes.

In a demonstration of solidarity and support, the officers of the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, and the South Bahamas Conference presented checks to the officers of the TCIM to assist with the recovery efforts. The Cayman Islands Conference indicated that they would also be sending a 20ft container with relief items and supplies. Pastor Smith expressed heartfelt appreciation for the assistance.
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Evangelism

In addition to the fields reaffirming their baptismal goals for 2018, the committee voted to support the IAD’s Lord Transform Me calendar of activities for next year. Pastor Kerr, ATCU executive secretary and assistant to the president for evangelism, also gave an update on the plans for the reaping campaigns that will take place in the ATCU territory in 2019.

Since 2015, the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) has spearheaded an evangelistic endeavor known as “Lord Transform Me (LTM),” an initiative that calls for the membership of the 24 unions of the IAD to be involved in witnessing activities and major evangelistic campaigns annually. Each year, the IAD selects a union to be the site where evangelists from around the division would converge to conduct one-week reaping campaigns culminating in a grand baptismal service at the end of the week. In 2019, ATCU will be the host site for the LTM reaping campaigns.
For this huge outreach event, there will be 60 evangelistic sites throughout the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands assigned to over 50 preachers, Bible workers, and leaders who will be coming from all over the IAD. At the end of the week-long reaping campaigns, the union leaders expect that 1000 persons would be baptized in ATCU on the grand baptismal day.

Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU LTM coordinator, revealed that leading up to the event, a number of training sessions in small group ministries and evangelism strategies will take place across the union to empower the many volunteers who are needed to make this massive outreach a success. Additionally, the focus of the union’s 2018 prayer initiative will be the 2019 LTM reaping campaigns.

Education

In the education arena, committee members voted to adopt the certification program for elementary and secondary school principals and vice principals proposed by the Education Department of the IAD. According to Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU education director, the program aims to increase administrator efficiency and is also open to area coordinators and conference directors of education. Once the participants would have completed the required courses, they would receive a five-year certification. Upon expiration, recipients will have to renew by completing additional courses.

There are four schools within the union: Bahamas Academy in New Providence, The Bahamas; Grand Bahama Academy in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas; Maranatha Academy in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; and Cayman Academy in George Town, Grand Cayman.

Leadership Development
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With regard to leadership empowerment, the committee voted to support the IAD’s second segment of the leadership development program scheduled for July 9 – 11, 2018. The programs objectives are (1) to guide organizational leaders in developing their leadership capacity; (2) to expose organizational leaders to trends, issues, and best practices in organizational leadership; and (3) to provide leaders with a forum for networking and cross-cultural leadership exposure. Pastor Balvin Braham, IAD leadership development coordinator, explained that the event is open to union and field officers and directors, institutional leaders and administrators, pastors, and elders. As space will be limited for each seminar, proposed attendees must pre-register by January 20, 2018, on the designated website.

Newly Elected Directors
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Pastor Johnson, president of ATCU, welcomed Pastor Kent Price, newly elected ATCU director of the Personal Ministries, Stewardship, and Youth Departments, to his first committee meeting since being voted to the position on August 31, 2017. Pastor Price replaces Pastor Eric Clarke who was asked to serve as president of the North Bahamas Conference earlier this year.

Also, during the year-end meetings, the committee voted to ask Pastor Kenny Deveaux to serve as the director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) and as coordinator of Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) for ATCU. As this is a part-time position, Pastor Deveaux will continue as a full-time pastor of the South Bahamas Conference.

ATCU 2018 Calendar of Events

The 2018 Calendar of Events was voted and can be found here.

Administrators’ Summit

One of the scheduled meetings during the year-end activities was the Administrators’ Summit where leaders from the four fields of ATCU met under the theme “Faithfulness to the Mission” to strategize on such issues as “Prioritizing Evangelism,” “Remaining Committed to the Ideals of SDA Education,” and “Nurture and Retention.” Presenters included the officers and directors of the union.

Resolution of Gratitude

At the conclusion of the year-end meetings, committee members supported the Resolution of Gratitude to God for his blessings, guidance, and protection during 2017. They then asked Him to bless the decisions and plans that were made and left inspired to continue God’s business in the Atlantic Caribbean territory.

North Bahamas Administration 2017-2021

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The officers and directors of the Atlantic Caribbean Union congratulate Pastor Eric D. Clarke on his election as president and Pastor Andrew Burrows and Mrs. Tonia Palmer on their re-election as secretary and treasurer respectively of the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NBC), the administrative body that directs the work of the Adventist church in the North Bahamas territory.

NBC conducted its fifth regular session at the Freeport Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas on June 3 and 4. At the session, the delegates to the session also elected departmental directors and the members of the executive committee of the conference who are now responsible for governing the conference and giving oversight to its affairs.

We pray for the continued success of the North Bahamas Conference under its new leadership and express heartfelt gratitude to outgoing president, Pastor Henry R. Moncur, for his dedicated service as an administrator.

ATCU WELCOMES DAWN

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Born on the island of New Providence, Bahamas, Dawn Smith received her early education at Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists as well as Grand Bahama Academy. She pursued higher education at the College of the Bahamas (now University of the Bahamas), graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Banking and Finance. Along with her love for business, Ms. Smith enjoys traveling, culinary experiences, spending time with her family and she loves music. She will be serving in the treasury department as an accountant.

ATCU Officers Participate in First IAD Online Executive Committee Meeting

ATCU Officers Participate in First IAD Online Executive Committee Meeting
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On May 3, 2016, the Inter-American Division (IAD) blazed a new trail in the Seventh-day Adventist world church as it became the first division within the denomination to conduct a division-wide executive committee meeting online.

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Committee members from the IAD’s twenty-four administrative fields, from as far north as Mexico all the way south to Colombia, connected to the headquarters of the IAD in Miami via interactive video conferencing at 10:00 A.M. to examine and discuss programs and plans of the Adventist church within Inter-America. In less than six hours, committee members were able to complete the 65-item agenda.

Dr. Israel Leito, president of IAD, opened the meeting, welcoming the almost 100 committee members connected from around the IAD. As Dr. Gerson Santos, associate secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented his devotional thought for the meeting, he expressed that having such meetings online not only has economic benefits, but families do not have to be separated from each other because of travel. “At the end of this meeting, everyone will be able to go home to their families,” said Dr. Santos.

Joining in from the headquarters of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), representing the Adventist churches in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, were the union’s president, Dr. Leonard Johnson; secretary, Pastor Peter Kerr; treasurer, Elder Roderick Sands; and the rotating lay member, Elder Andrew McFall.

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“The church is moving very quickly in embracing technology and using it to efficiently execute the work that God has placed us here to do,” expressed Dr. Johnson.

The officers and staff of ATCU, like the leadership of the IAD, are committed to economy, efficiency, and accountability as they administer the work of God’s church. Consequently, union officers also have been preparing to conduct union committee meetings in this fashion. Technical infrastructure and equipment presently are being sourced to make this a reality within the coming months.

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.

ATCU Elects Directors and Officers for the New Quinquennium

ATCU Elects Directors and Officers for the New Quinquennium
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At the second quinquennial session of the Atlantic Caribbean Union held during December 6-7, 2015, and at the ATCU year-end committee meetings that took place December 10 and 11, 2015 in the Cayman Islands, the following were elected to serve in the various departments of ATCU for the next five years:

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Cheryl Rolle,
Associate Secretary; and Education, Communication, and Children’s Ministries Director

Eric Clarke,
Personal Ministries, Stewardship, and Youth Director

Denise Johnson, Women’s Ministries Director and Shepherdess Coordinator

Leonardo Rahming, Sabbath School and ADRA Director

Annie K. Price, Health Ministries Director

Additionally, Pastor Leonard Johnson, Pastor Peter Kerr, and Elder Roderick Sands, who were reelected as president, executive secretary, and treasurer of ATCU respectively at the year-end meetings of the Inter-American Division held in Miami in November 2015, were voted by the session delegation and the newly elected executive committee to assume responsibility for the following:

Leonard Johnson,
Ministerial Director and Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator

Peter Kerr,
Family Ministries Director and Special Assistant to the President for Evangelism and Training

Roderick Sands,
Human Resources and Trust Director

Also elected at the session were the officers of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission. They are as follows:

Michael Smith, President
Steve Cornwall, Executive Secretary
Simone Gilkes, Treasurer

The executive committee for the new five-year term will be comprised of the persons listed above and those named below:

CAYMAN ISLANDS CONFERENCE Shian O’Connor, President
Reinaldo Dracket,
Executive Secretary
John Wesley,
Treasurer
Dennis Brady,
Lay Representative
Sheila Woods, Appointive Member

NORTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE
Errol Tinker, President
Henry Moncur III,
Executive Secretary
Tonia Palmer,
Treasurer
Paul Thompson,
Lay Representative
Althea Jervis, Appointive Member


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Trevor Gardner, President
UNIVERSITY Danieto Murray, Appointive Member


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Paul Scavella, President
Peter Joseph,
Executive Secretary
Melvin Lewis,
Treasurer
Eric Butler,
Lay Representative
Nikita Thompson, Appointive Member

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS Deloria Grant, Lay Representative
Roy Lindsay, Appointive Member

ATCU Officers and Directors

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The officers and directors elected to serve at the Atlantic Caribbean Union for the next quinquennium are as follows:

Leonard Johnson,
President; and Ministerial Director and Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator


Peter Kerr,
Executive Secretary; and Family Ministries Director and Special Assistant to the President for Evangelism and Training


Roderick Sands,
Treasurer; and Trust Director and Human Resources


Cheryl Rolle,
Associate Secretary; and Education, Communication, and Children’s Ministries Director


Eric Clarke,
Personal Ministries, Stewardship, and Youth Director


Denise Johnson,
Women’s Ministries Director and Shepherdess Coordinator


Leonardo Rahming,
Sabbath School and ADRA Director


Annie K. Price,
Health Ministries Director

Second Quinquennial Session - Update

OFFICIAL NOTICE
of the
Second Quinquennial Session
of the
Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission

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Notice is hereby given that the Second Quinquennial Session of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists will be held at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fifth Terrace, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas during December 6 – 7, 2015.
Registration for all delegates will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m. on December 6. The first meeting of the business session will be called at 2:45 p.m.
The Union Mission Session is called to:
1. Receive reports from the officers and various departments.
2. Elect departmental directors to serve for the next five-year term.
3. Elect the officers for the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.
4. Transact such other business as may be properly placed before the delegates.
All duly appointed delegates are invited to be present at this Union Mission Session.

Leonard A. Johnson, President
Peter Kerr, Secretary

ATCU Administrators Re-elected

ATCU Administrators Re-elected
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On Sunday, November 1, 2015, Pastors Leonard Johnson and Peter Kerr, and Elder Roderick Sands were re-elected as president, executive secretary, and treasurer, respectively, of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) during the year-end meetings of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) held at the division’s headquarters in Miami, Florida.

Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, newly re-elected president of ATCU, expressed gratitude to God on behalf of his fellow administrators for the opportunity to serve the union for another term.

“As we reflect on the first term, 2010 to 2015, we acknowledge that it was a learning experience as we were all new to serving at the union level. However, we were able to navigate the unchartered waters with the tremendous support given to us by the leadership of the Inter-American Division headed by Pastor Israel Leito who made himself available by phone and email no matter where he was in the world,” said Pastor Johnson. “Additionally, my colleagues and I were committed to prayer, and this along with the aforementioned enabled us to experience a measure of success.”

When asked about his plans for the union for the next five years, Pastor Johnson pointed to two foci: the mission of the church and total member involvement.

"Regularly, I seek to remind myself and colleagues about the reason for our existence which is to advance the mission of the church in the context of the three angels’ message of Revelation 14. So, whether we write, produce video programs, or sponsor various initiatives and training, they are all informed by this fact of mission," stated Pastor Johnson. "Also,” he continued, “we are committed to an initiative of the General Conference called total member involvement (TMI) which seeks to get every member involved in doing something to advance the mission of the church. Hopefully, these emphases will lend to a greater sense of unity, facilitate financial, spiritual, and membership growth, help to establish an additional field, and facilitate a change of status for the Turks and Caicos Islands field."

At the same meetings, the administrators for eleven other unions within IAD were also elected. Because ATCU, which was officially organized on November 29, 2010, is a union mission, the officers are elected by the next higher organization which, in this instance, is the IAD.

The next step is the choosing of the departmental directors, the members of the union executive committee, and the officers for the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission. This all will be done at the
Second Quinquennial Session of ATCU which will be held at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fifth Terrace, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas during December 6 – 7, 2015.
The three administrators of ATCU were initially selected to serve the new union on Thursday, June 24, 2010, during the 59th General Conference Session held in Atlanta, Georgia. Hence, during the upcoming union session, a complete stewardship of the union’s five first years will be presented through the various reports from both administrators and departmental directors.
ATCU, which is headquartered in Nassau, The Bahamas, comprises four fields, namely, the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, the South Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission. In addition, Northern Caribbean University, which is located in Mandeville, Jamaica, is jointly owned and operated by ATCU and the Jamaica Union.

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OFFICIAL NOTICE
of the
Second Quinquennial Session
of the
Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission

Notice is hereby given that the Second Quinquennial Session of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists will be held at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fifth Terrace, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas during December 6 – 7, 2015.

Registration for all delegates will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. on December 6. The first meeting of the business session will be called at 5:00 p.m.

The Union Mission Session is called to:
1. Receive reports from the officers and various departments.
2. Elect departmental directors to serve for the next five-year term.
3. Elect the officers for the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.
4. Transact such other business as may be properly placed before the delegates.
All duly appointed delegates are invited to be present at this Union Mission Session.

Leonard A. Johnson, President
Peter Kerr, Secretary

SBC Committee Members Participate in Orientation

SBC Committee Members Participate in Orientation
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Recently, the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) of Seventh-day Adventists held its fourth quadrennial session at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. During this constituency meeting, delegates elected the administrators, departmental directors, and committee members who would administer the work of the Adventist church in the South Bahamas for the next four years. To facilitate efficiency of operation and successful corporate goal attainment, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) hosted a one-day orientation for the members of the newly formed executive committee of SBC on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the union headquarters in Nassau. Bahamas.

According to Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, the Adventist church recognizes the importance of training and developing its leaders.

“This orientation for the committee members of the South Bahamas Conference,” said Pastor Kerr, “highlights ATCU’s commitment to empowering its leaders for effective, Spirit-led service.”

The one-day orientation covered sessions entitled "Knowing Your Church and System of Governance" and "Best Financial Practices for the Seventh-day Adventist Church."

Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU, and Pastor Peter Kerr addressed the principles of church organization and governance while Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer of ATCU, presented information on the committee’s fiduciary responsibility.

The executive committee of the SBC is comprised of some 28 members which includes the three reelected administrators, Pastors Paul Scavella, president; Peter Joseph, executive secretary; and Melvin Lewis, treasurer; departmental directors; church pastors; and lay members.

Pastor Larry Green, youth director of SBC, remarked after participating in the session, "I am more equipped and have clear insight into my function on the committee."

Women’s ministries director, Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, explained why the training was important to her.

"The sessions allowed me to understand my role as a new director and strengthens my resolve to propel the women’s ministries department of our local churches to a higher level of service to God."

Bahamian Prime Minister Applauds Adventist Church in the Bahamas

Bahamian Prime Minister Applauds Adventist Church in the Bahamas
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On Sunday evening, November 2, 2014, delegates and guests convened at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist church in Nassau, The Bahamas for the opening service of the 4th quadrennial session of the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) of Seventh-day Adventists.

Bringing remarks during the service were the Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis, leader of the official opposition in the House of Assembly in The Bahamas, and the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, prime minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Both leaders acknowledged the work of the Adventist church, particularly in the areas of education, Pathfinders, and health.

Prime Minister Christie commended the church for the vital role it has played in the development of The Bahamas and challenged the Seventh-day Adventist church in the Bahamas to develop a health and wellness center, opining that the church has a very effective healthy living program.

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“You have an extraordinary history of commitment to best health practice. In this report (referring to the SBC president’s report presented to the church delegates), it speaks to the success of wellness programs that you have, but it also says we must move to create in the Bahamas a wellness center.”

Prime Minister Christie further went on to say that “when you find a body like yours, that has an international reputation for its commitment to wellness and healthy lifestyle and you are prepared, and you do it in this country, then the government of the Bahamas will find a way to help you succeed at doing that.”

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Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, informed the delegation of upcoming plans to launch a health initiative entitled “I Want to Live Healthy,” throughout the union territory in 2015 and reaffirmed the church’s commitment to continuously pray for the leaders of the country.

“When we visit with leaders of our country, it is not just to solicit help from them or to deal with issues, but, as spiritual leaders, it is to take time to pray for them,” Pastor Johnson said.

Pastor Leon Wellington, vice-president of the Inter-American Division, delivered the charge on the opening night of the session.

At the conclusion of the three-day conclave, Pastors Paul Scavella, Peter Joseph, and Melvin Lewis were re-elected to serve for the next four years as president, executive secretary, and treasurer, respectively. Also elected were departmental directors and conference executive committee members.

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The South Bahamas Conference is the largest of the four fields within the Atlantic Caribbean Union territory, having a membership of approximately twenty-one thousand. It covers the territory of the central and southern islands in the Bahamas, including New Providence on which is situated the nation’s capital.

SOUTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE SESSION SCHEDULE

SOUTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE SESSION SCHEDULE

The schedule for the 4th Quadrennial Session of the South Bahamas Conference is below:
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. - Registration of delegates
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Opening of conference session
Monday, November 3, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Conference in session
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Conference in session.

INSTALLATION SERVICE
The installation service for the officers and directors of the South Bahamas Conference for the 4th Quadrennium will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, November 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. –
Secretariat

Letter from the Secretariat

Letter from the Secretariat
South Bahamas Conference

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since our last quadrennial session in November 2010, the Lord has guided the South Bahamas Conference and its leadership to diligently pursue its mission and vision in the context of its core values and the Three Angels’ Message. I believe that we agree with the prophet to the remnant church, when she points out, "We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way The Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history."

Happily we remember the emergence of South Bahamas Conference during the recent historic formation of the Atlantic Caribbean Union in 2010. No doubt, as a Conference, we have seen the hand of God guiding this field from step to step in these very uncertain times.
The words of the Psalmist are appropriate, "What shall I render to The Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of The Lord. I will pay my vows unto The Lord now in the presence of all the people" (Psalm 116:12-14).

As you are aware, local fields must be ready for conference session every four years. Hence, in light of this constitutional reality, the Atlantic Caribbean Union has set the date, November 2-4, 2014 for South Bahamas Conference Session. In accordance with this decision, the executive committee took the following action to engage in local conference session on November 2-4, 2014.

76-13 VOTED: CONFERENCE SESSION DATE
To accept November 2-4, 2014 as the local conference session date for the South Bahamas Conference

In the near future, letters will be sent to the churches to inform each church of its quota of delegates and the expected date for the names of delegates to be turned in to the secretariat.
Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

Sincerely
Pastor Peter Joseph
Executive Secretary, South Bahamas Conference

Adventist Church Management System Introduced to ATCU

Adventist Church Management System Introduced to ATCU
Communication Department, ATCU



Keeping an accurate record of the church’s membership is one of the responsibilities of church clerks in Seventh-day Adventist congregations and the executive secretaries at the various organizational levels within the Adventist church.

To assist with this task, the Adventist church in Inter-America recently began utilizing the Adventist Church Management System (ACMS), a new membership management tool which was introduced to the executive secretaries of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) and their administrative assistants on March 13 and 14, 2014.

Pastor Fernando Salazar, ACMS trainer at the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), explained that ACMS is a system designed for effective church management at all levels of the Seventh-day Adventist church in areas such as membership care, pastoral administration, and statistical reports. He stressed, however, that “the primary focus for ACMS is on the care of members as the church’s most valuable asset.”

He further shared that other benefits of the program are its mobility and accessibility. It’s a tool that local church clerks and executive secretaries can always carry with them on their tablets, smartphones, or notebooks, enabling them to make any inquiries at any time and even process transfers of membership.

The ACMS, which was designed by the South American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, is being made available for the benefit of the Adventist world church. Presently, there are nine union territories within the IAD who are already utilising the system. The ATCU is one of six unions preparing to implement the program within the next six months.

The two-day seminar was hosted by Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary, and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU associate secretary.