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GC VPs, Secretariat, and Treasury Leaders Elected

By Edwin Manuel Garcia, ANN
he Nominating Committee selected nine general vice presidents and 12 leaders for the Secretariat and Treasury departments on June 27, all of which were approved unanimously by delegates at the Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s fifty-ninth world conference.

Four vice presidents are new to the position: Delbert Baker, Oakwood University president; Geoffrey G. Mbwana, East-Central Africa Division president; 
Benjamin D. Schoun, a general field secretary; and Artur A. Stele, president of the Moscow-based Euro-Asia Division.

Baker has headed Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, since 1996. Mbwana was a church administrator and university president before becoming president in 2002 of the Nairobi-based division. Schoun has served as president of Adventist World Radio since 2001, and was previously a president of the Atlantic Union Conference and an associate dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Stele has been Euro-Asia president since 2000.

The new members replace three vice presidents who are retiring—Mark A. Finley, Eugene Hsu, and Gerry D. Karst. A fourth position was made vacant by Ted N. C. Wilson’s election as General Conference president.

Five other vice presidents were reelected to five-year terms: Lowell C. Cooper, Armando Miranda, Pardon K. Mwansa, Michael L. Ryan, and Ella S. Simmons. (See cover for photo of all nine general vice presidents.)

Associate Secretary Homer W. Trecartin was named undersecretary. Trecartin was previously secretary-treasurer of the Middle East Union, and planning 
director of the General Conference Office of Adventist Mission.

Two associate secretaries, Rosa T. Banks and Agustin Galicia, were reelected. Three positions remain unfilled at deadline.

Juan R. Prestol was reelected undertreasurer, and the three associate treasurers remain in their positions: George O. Ewakhe, Daisy Orion, and Roy E. Ryan. J. Raymond Wahlen II, previously director of the church’s SunPlus Accounting Software, was also elected as an associate treasurer.

—With additional reporting by Tim Lale

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