A New President for Our Church

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Did you know that the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church is a very structured organization? What this means is that to accomplish the huge job of spreading the good news about Jesus to the world through our churches, schools, hospitals, relief organizations, etc., we need leadership. Your local church has a leader in its pastor. Your school has leaders in its principal and teachers. Your home has leaders in your mother and father. And so on.

Though the Seventh-day Adventist Church is ultimately led by Jesus, here on earth, with all of the many things we are trying to do to get ready for Jesus to come and take us to heaven, we need a special type of leader to work with us on a day-to-day basis. For the past 11 years, the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was a special man named Jan Paulsen. But today, June 25, 2010, the world church met in a very important meeting to elect a new president. And that new president is Ted N.C. Wilson.

Elder Wilson is an ordained pastor who has served as a missionary in Africa and Russia. He and his wife Nancy, have three adult daughters. The Wilsons are also proud grandparents. For the past several years he has served as a vice president of the General Conference. If you pass him in the hallways, he is very friendly when he greets you. Want to know something interesting? On your birthday in the General Conference building, Elder Wilson's office sends you a balloon and sometimes a stick of gum along with a birthday card!

Be sure to pray for him and his family as he takes up a big job--that of helping this church tell the world about Jesus so we can all go to heaven soon.

Photo: ANN