Atlantic Caribbean Union

Bahamian Prime Minister Applauds Adventist Church in the Bahamas

Bahamian Prime Minister Applauds Adventist Church in the Bahamas
Communication Department, ATCU


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.


“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.”


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.


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.