Ng Elected World Church Secretary, Succeeding Bediako
Lemon reelected treasurer
BY MARK A. KELLNER, news editor
eventh-day Adventist pastor G. T. Ng, a Singaporean who has served as associate secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for three years, was elected executive secretary of the General Conference on June 25. Robert E. Lemon, treasurer since 2002, was reelected to another term in that office.
“Never in my wildest imagination would I ever imagine that I would ever be put in this position of responsibility,” Ng said. “But the Lord has His way . . . [and] with the help and support of my colleagues . . . we will accomplish the mission. May God bless us.”
G. T. Ng PHOTO: Alden J. Ho/AR
Ng’s passion for mission was kindled when he began his ministry in war-torn Cambodia in the 1970s. He and his wife had to be evacuated shortly before the capital city, Phnom Penh, fell to Khmer Rouge forces. He was later transferred to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore where he served as a pastor, chaplain, health educator, and union departmental director.
His second missionary pilgrimage began when he served nine years as a professor and dean of the theological seminary at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in the Philippines from 1991 to 2000. He was called to be the executive secretary at the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) from 2000 to 2006.
Ng holds a bachelor’s degree from the Southeast Asia Union College in Singapore, a master of arts degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (Far East) in the Philippines, and a doctorate from the theological seminary at Andrews University. He is married to Ivy, and they have two grown children, Jocelyn and Mervyn.
Ng currently serves as the Secretariat liaison between the General Conference and three world divisions: Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD), Southern Asia Division (SUD), and Trans-European Division (TED).
Lemon, world church treasurer since 2002, has served the church in finance-related positions for some 40 years. From 1995 to 1998 he worked as associate world church treasurer, and from 1998 to 2002 was undertreasurer. Lemon spent more than 10 years of his career in Africa, first in Zaire, and later Cote d’Ivoire.
“It is a real privilege and honor to work with all the treasurers and people around the world,” Lemon said. He added that the goal of church work is to change offerings into “the eternal currency of heaven, to change cash for souls.”
Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson, new leader of the world church, praised both officers: “G. T. Ng believes in God’s Word, has a vision for mission and a love for people,” Wilson said. “You know the expertise that Bob Lemon has, his breadth of knowledge and his skills in Treasury. They are not only experts in the area of administrative, technical, [and] academic area; they are men . . . of God. . . . By God’s grace, this quinquennium will be filled with miracles from God; [and] by God’s grace, we will be in heaven soon.”
He also noted the accomplishments of the retiring world church executive secretary: “I want to thank, in a very special way, Elder Matthew Bediako and his wife, Elizabeth, for their many years of service to God’s church.”