Atlantic Caribbean Union

Atlantic Caribbean Union Holds Historic Mid-year Meetings

The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) held its 3rd annual mid-year meetings at the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Viva Wyndham Club Fortuna on Grand Bahama, The Bahamas during May 31 – June 5, 2013. This was an historic meeting as it was the first time in ATCU’s young history that the meetings were held outside of the union’s headquarters.

On Friday evening, May 31, the meetings began with the 3rd annual union symposium. During his remarks and greetings, Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU, announced the intention of the union to take the mid-year meetings to the various fields within the union. Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer of the union and chairman for the occasion, reminded he congregation that the symposium is a time for the entire union to give God thanks and praise for the various reports from the fields within the union and Northern Caribbean University. Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, gave the charge. His emphasis was that “everybody ought to know who Jesus is.”

On Sunday evening and Monday, the executive committee meetings were held. During this time, plans, recommendations, and policies of the wider church organization and the union itself were discussed and voted. The final aspect of the mid-year meetings was the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) continuing education leadership training and professional development. Pastor Balvin Braham, coordinator of the leadership development training for IAD and Pastor Harold Lee, director for the Bradford-Cleveland- Brooks Leadership Center, were the main presenters. Some of the topics covered by the presenters included “Effective Communication,” “Leading in the Times of Crisis,” “Leading Equals and Preparing Future Leaders,” and “Conducting Sessions and Elections of Officers.” At the conclusion of the event, each participant was presented with a certificate of continuation education from the Inter-American Division.

Also, while in Freeport, Grand Bahama, the union committee members attended the 4th Regular (2nd Quadrennial) Session of the North Bahamas Conference. In his message during the opening night, Pastor James Daniel, field secretary for the IAD and the IAD’s representative at the session, reminded the session delegates that Jesus prayed for the unity of the church. At the conclusion of the conference session, Pastor Errol Tinker, Pastor Henry Moncur, and Sister Tonia Palmer were all re-elected as president, secretary, and treasurer, respectively, of the conference. In addition, conference departmental directors and executive committee members were chosen for a four-year term. The installation service for the administrators, departmental directors, and executive committee members will be held on Sabbath afternoon, June 8, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at the Freeport SDA Church in Grand Bahama.

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