Drake to Lead Central States Conference
he regional conference of Seventh-day Adventists in America’s heartland has a new president:
Dr. Charles Drake III, vice president for Administration for the Mid America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was elected December 14, as the new Central States Conference president, based in Kansas City, Kansas. He replaces Alexander Bryant, who accepted the position of Secretary of the North American Division in October.

NEW LEADER: Dr. Charles Drake, III  will head up Central States Conference.  [Photo: MUC]
The second of four children, Drake was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a third-generation Seventh-day Adventist. Hearing the call to ministry early in life, he began preaching at the age of 12 and conducted his first evangelistic campaign when he was 16.

A product of Christian education, he attended denominational schools from elementary through college. He has performed graduate work at City University of New York, New York Theological Seminary, and has earned a Ph.D. in leadership and administration from Union University Graduate School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He has been a minister for 32 years, pastoring churches ranging in membership from nine to 2,000. While serving as a pastor he was involved with building and renovating eight churches and baptized more than 2,500 precious souls. He also served the denomination as a departmental administrator for nine years, and has preached throughout North America, as well as in the Caribbean Islands, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

Drake is married to Crystal, a human resources consultant. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

-- Central States Conference, with AR staff

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