At approximately 12:20pm, local time, Elder Ted N. C. Wilson was re-elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to applause from the floor of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Twenty minutes earlier, the General Conference Nominating Committee brought his name to delegates at the end of the morning business meeting.
The 2015 General Conference Session is underway in San Antonio, Texas, and at the start of the first business session Thursday morning, General Conference Vice President Lowell Cooper announced that of the 2,566 total delegates slated to serve, 1,868 delegates have registered on site in San Antonio. Vice President Cooper said, "Although we have some delegate visa issues, we have a large number here."
The Pacific Union Conference has released its list of delegates to the San Antonio General Conference Session. The Pacific Union, which includes California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah, will send the 38 delegates listed below (15.7% of the North American Division's total of 241 delegates). While the total number of women who will serve as General Conference delegates (436) is only 17% of the total 2,566 delegates, women account for 42% of the delegates from the Pacific Union Conference.
PACIFIC UNION CONFERENCE DELEGATES TO GC SESSION 2015
The Cohutta Springs Youth Camp in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists announced Tuesday on the camp's Facebook page the death of a long-time staff member:
During a ceremony celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Lake Region Conference (one of five conferences that make up the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota), Lake Union president Don Livesay shared a statement of apology for racism that led to the creation of Lake Region Conference in the 1940's.
Julie Mesa, a nurse, and a mother, who called mothering “the best job of my life...a hard job but a wonderful, rewarding job,” said that she came to her understanding of women’s ordination through her study “God’s word and the Spirit of Prophecy.” Mesa was the third presenter in the Bakersfield, California "Crisis Ahead" women's ordination symposium organized by Pastor Stephen Bohr's Secrets Unsealed Ministry.
Pastor Stephen Bohr, Director of the independent Secrets Unsealed media ministry, was the second speaker to present the case for male headship at the "Crisis Ahead" women's ordination symposium in Bakersfield, California. He provided a long list of points, constructed from snippets of Bible texts and passages of Ellen White's writings, which, he argued, demonstrated conclusively that God appointed men to be spiritual heads and women to be spiritually subordinate.
Pastor Stephen Bohr's independent Secrets Unsealed ministry hosted a two-day symposium on women's ordination entitled "Crisis Ahead." Louis Torres, the president of the Guam-Micronesia Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, spoke first on Friday evening, June 12 at the Bakersfield Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church in Central California. His presentation was entitled "Reflections on the Ordination Controversy."
Ty Gibson, Co-director of the independent Light Bearers ministry and senior pastor of the Storyline Seventh-day Adventist Church in Eugene, Oregon, has published a 12,800-word article in which he reversed his previous position on women's ordination, and came out decisively in favor of ordaining women.