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,
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:
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,
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.
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has confirmed in a communique sent to leaders of the denomination's thirteen divisions that Paul Charles, accused by church members in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) of falsifying his academic qualifications, has declined a call to serve as Associate Director of Communication for the General Conference.