Two Adventist Church Division
Leaders Announce Retirement
Luka Daniel, Ulrich Frikart conclude service to world church
wo presidents of General Conference divisions – Luka T. Daniel of West-Central Africa and Ulrich Frikart of Euro-Africa – will conclude their years of service to the world church at the end of 2008, it was announced recently.
Luka T. Daniel [photo: Richard Dower /ANN]
Daniel, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's West-Central Africa Division, announced his retirement August 15. He became president of the region in 2003. He previously served as president of what is now the church's Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division.
Daniel, 65, said the decision was based upon reaching retirement age and his recent health issues. "Our thanks go to the General Conference for the all the support and.. advice, [and] to my fellow workers... [for] prayer on my behalf," Daniel said. A new division president will be chosen in November and take office January 2009.
Also, Ulrich W. Frikart, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Euro-Africa since 1995, announced his retirement in an August 12 letter to world church president Jan Paulsen.

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Ulrich W. Frikart [photo: Chris Drake/ANN]
Frikart, 67, said his early retirement on December 31 would eliminate the need to replace two major regional church officials simultaneously and lead to a "smooth and efficient" transition of leadership. Both Frikart and the region's church treasurer were scheduled to retire in 2010.
Regional church leaders say Frikart's successor will be nominated at the church's Euro-Africa fall business meeting in Jongny, Switzerland.
A Swiss native, Frikart previously served as departmental director and secretary of the church in Euro-Africa. During his presidency, Frikart promoted outreach to postmoderns and young people and updated church communication methods in an effort to keep the church socially relevant.
In his retirement letter, Frikart thanked his regional coworkers and church administrators at Adventist Church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland for being "loyal and dedicated partners" in ministry.
                                                                                                                              -- reported by Adventist News Network

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