Jared Wright

Adventist Health Reaches Agreement to Purchase Hawaii Pacific University Windward Campus

The Adventist Health-owned and operated Castle Medical Center in Kaneohe, Windward Oahu has reached an agreement to purchase Hawaii Pacific University's 130-acre Hawaii Loa campus, according to several reports. The terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement have not been disclosed, but the move will allow Adventist Health to expand its presence in Oahu.

Azure Hills Church Appoints Tara VinCross Senior Pastor

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, California has announced that Pastor Tara VinCross will serve as its next senior pastor.

Panamanian Union Mission Makes History, Appoints First Woman Pastor

The Panama Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists made history at its mid-year executive committee meeting by appointing Shesell Busby (pictured, third from left) the district pastor of four churches in the Metro Los Andes Experimental Mission. Ms. Busby is the first woman to serve as a licensed minister in the Panamanian Union Mission.

Announcing the hiring of Ms. Busby, the Panamanian Union Mission wrote on its Facebook page,

NAD President Dan Jackson in Orlando Florida: "Our Hearts Grieve with LGBT Community"

Daniel R. Jackson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, issued a statement by video from Orlando Florida on the Pulse Club Shooting in Orlando, Florida. Jackson traveled with his wife Donna to Orlando to offer encouragement and support.

A post accompanying the video message on the North American Division's Facebook page said:

Registration Now Open for the 2016 Adventist Forum Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 Adventist Forum annual conference, titled Non-violence and the Atonement. It will take place September 16-18 at the Doubletree Washington D.C. in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Adventist Congregations on Both Coasts Reach out to LGBT Communities after Orlando Shooting

Seventh-day Adventist congregations in Florida and California have reached out to LGBT+ communities in the wake of yesterday's massacre at the Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida. The shooting claimed the lives of fifty people and wounded fifty-three more.

The Forest Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church in Apopka, Florida, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Geoff Paterson, announced on Facebook that it would hold free funeral services for any of the victims of the shooting. The announcement said,

Netherlands Union Conference Votes 88 to 76 to Continue Ordaining Women

In a specially convened session, the Netherlands Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NUC) has voted down a measure that would have rescinded the union's May 30th, 2013 vote in favor of ordaining women.

UPDATED: Paul Ratsara Steps Down, GC Accepts Resignation as Unisa Begins Investigating Doctorate

Paul Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists (SID) has officially resigned the presidency amid a cloud of controversy over falsified academic qualifications. Ratsara has served as president of SID since 2005, before which he was the division’s executive secretary.

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division President Paul Ratsara Offers Resignation Amid Academic Qualifications Scandal

Paul S. Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists (SID), has offered his resignation as division president amid an ongoing scandal involving allegations of fraudulent doctoral qualifications. General Conference President Ted N. C.

Understanding La Sierra University's Messy Title IX Implementation

On Thursday evening, May 5, La Sierra University students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees filled the Troesch Conference Center for a town hall meeting between university leaders and students.

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