Southern Asia Division
President Ron Watts Resigns
Family medical needs prompt departure

BY MEGAN BRAUNER, Adventist News Network
on Watts, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Southern Asia Division, resigned from his position in July due to family health concerns.
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Watts, who devoted more than a quarter-century of his life to that part of the world, is currently residing in the United States with his wife Dorothy.
“With deep regret, with counsel and with prayer we decided that I should tender my resignation from the division officer assignment,” Watts said. “I will continue to serve as division president until another person is elected to this role… [and] until that person reports for duty.”
Watts held the position of division president for the India, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan regions from 1997 until his resignation this year.
Prior to serving as division president, Watts spent 16 years in India working in different capacities. He also worked at the church-owned Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, as the editor of Celebration magazine, and at the General Conference headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, as director of volunteers.
The Southern Asia Division executive committee will meet September 9 to nominate a new division president. The candidates must be ordained ministers of the Adventist church.
The candidate chosen by the division executive committee must also be voted by the executive committee of the world church at its next regular meeting, which will be held October 10 to 15 in Manila, Philippines.
Watts said he plans to continue working for the church in another assignment after the transition from president is complete.

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