Wallace Coe, Retired G.C. Vice President, Dies
The veteran administrator was a strong promoter of evangelism.
allace O. Coe, 85, a retired general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, died September 17, 2008. Coe served for 43 years as a pastor and church administrator.
“He was single-minded about growing God’s church,” remembers North America Division president Don Schneider. “He talked evangelism constantly. I have been the president of five conferences, and three of those have had a 10-percent membership growth each year. Wally helped me know that was possible. He is still influencing this division as I promote the goal of a 10-percent growth in membership for each conference.”
Coe called Schneider to work for him in several unions and mentored him in his growth as a church leader.
Coe’s career included pastoral and administrative work in the Georgia-Cumberland, Alabama-Mississippi and Carolina Conferences. He then served as president of the Alabama-Mississippi and Florida Conferences; the Northern, Central and Columbia Unions; and as a general vice president of the General Conference. After retiring to Florida, Coe served for eight years as vice-president of spiritual ministries for Adventist Health Systems.
He was “always the enabler, the truly great leader,” says retired NAD president Charles Bradford. “He always wanted to glorify his God and care for his family. Close behind all this was his passion for evangelism and church growth.”
Coe, an alumnus of Atlantic Union College, is survived by his wife, Hazel Warrell Coe; son, Michael (Vicky) Coe; daughter, Janet Page; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and sister, Alberta Ciccarelli."
-- Reported by Shenalyn Page