Stele Named Director-elect of
Adventist Biblical Research Institute
Two other directors retained at first Annual Council Nominating Committee report
BY ELIZABETH LECHLEITNER/ANN
Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership appointed world church general Vice President Artur Stele as director-elect of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI), located at world church headquarters. The vote took place on October 10, 2010, as part of the Annual Council business session.
Longtime BRI director Ángel Manuel Rodríguez recently announced his retirement, effective in mid-2011. Stele is expected to serve as an associate director until Rodriguez vacates the position.
Stele, who formerly served as president of the church’s Euro-Asia region, will join four other associates in the department, all of whom delegates voted to retain in their current positions as associate directors. They are: Kwabena Donkor, Ekkehardt Mueller, Gerhard Pfandl and Clinton Wahlen.
At General Conference Session in July 2010, church officials indicated that electing eight instead of nine vice presidents at headquarters could fund a new associate director in the world church’s Education department. However, nine were nominated and elected. As he shifts to BRI, Stele will retain his position as a general vice president, said Orville Parchment, assistant to the General Conference president, but the move will free up a salary.
NEW BRI DIRECTOR -- Current general Vice President Artur Stele was appointed director-elect of the Biblical Research Institute on October 10, 2010. Stele will retain his position as general vice president.
Leadership also voted to retain four additional top church officials: the directors of the White Estate and Geoscience Research Institute -- James Nix and Jim Gibson, respectively; the assistant to the president, Orville Parchment; and the president of Adventist World Radio, Dowell Chow. Chow has served as president for the radio ministry arm of the church since his appointment by the AWR board in July. Confirmation by delegates this week formalizes that decision. Nix, Gibson, Parchment and Chow were also each made a world church field secretary, a mid-level executive position.
Delegates voted to elect David Trim as the new director of the world church’s department of Archives and Statistics. Current director Bert Haloviak recently announced his retirement.
Also in the Nominating Committee’s report is the selection of 11 honorary assistant directors of the world church’s Health Ministries department. They also named 17 young adults and other lay people to serve on the church’s top decision-making body, the 300-member Executive Committee. Their appointment fulfills a commitment church officials made at Session to better represent the diversity of church membership on the committee.
Pending approval during the Annual Council of a restructuring of the church’s mission department, delegates accepted the nomination of current world church Field Secretary Gary Krause as an associate secretary. Under a so-called “mission board,” Krause’s office -- Adventist Mission -- would fall under the oversight of the Secretariat department at world church headquarters.