New Officers Elected to Serve at ATCU

New Officers Elected to Serve at ATCU
By Dawne Forbes

Rolle and Kerr

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.