South Bahamas Conference Holds Sixth Quadrennial Session

Delegates discussing reports presented [Photo by John Garcia]

Under the theme “Empowered by Christ, I Will Go,” delegates to the Sixth Quadrennial Session of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SBC) convened at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church during November 13-14, 2022, in Nassau, Bahamas.  More than 200 delegates, representing each of the 49 churches within the SBC, gathered to receive reports on the work of the church in the South Bahamas territory, to elect officers and departmental directors, appoint members to serve on the executive committee for the quadrennium (2022-2026), adopt or change the bylaws, and transact other business as required.

Pastor Al Powell, youth ministries director of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, was the devotional speaker on the session’s first day.  Titled “Lost Power,” his Spiritual charge was based on Matthew 17:1-21 and reminded the delegates that their call was to remember the mission of the church and to allow the power of God to work through them to fulfill their calling.

Pastor Al Powell addressing delegates [Photo by John Garcia]

The delegates elected Pastors Kenny Deveaux and Leonardo Rahming to serve a second four-year term as president and executive secretary, respectively. Elder Okell Damastus, former conference auditor, was elected to serve as chief financial officer and Michael Toote, Jr. as associate treasurer.

Delegates voting on business from the session [Photo by John Garcia]

Departmental directors elected were Kenny Deveaux, Family Ministries; Shandera Smith, Health Ministries; Waldo Casildo Bennett, Ministerial Secretary; Wilson Isnord, Personal Ministries and Assistant to the President for Evangelism; Leonardo Rahming, Sabbath School; Anthony Burrows, Stewardship; Kimberly Bryan, Trust Services and Human Resources; Jamal Franklyn, Youth Ministries; Kenisha Simms, Children’s and Adolescent Ministries. 

Newly elected departmental directors (Left to right: Waldo Casildo, Shandera Smith, Michael Toote Jr., Kenisha Simms, Anthony Burrows) [Photo by John Garcia]

In addition, the delegates reviewed and approved the recommended amendments to the conference’s constitution and bylaws and submitted suggestions on the Planning Committee for the growth of the work during the next quadrennium.   Pastor Peter Kerr, Atlantic Caribbean Union president, wished the new team well and expressed appreciation to those who were not elected for another term. “You served your church well, and we praise God for the service you have rendered,” he said.