Ramiro Cano Elected as President of Central California Conference
Follows Jerry Page in leadership role
BY CARON OSWALD, communication director, Central California Conference
Pastor Ramiro Cano was elected president of Central California Conference (CCC) on November 21, 2010. Cano served as executive secretary from 2004 to the present. He succeeds Jerry Page, president of Central for 15 years, who in July 2010 was elected secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ Ministerial Association.
“This is extremely humbling; I solicit your prayers now more than ever,” Cano told the executive committee members.
NEW LEADER: Pastor Ramiro Cano, executive secretary of the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 2004, is the new conference president.
Cano joined the conference team in 1997 as senior pastor of the Milpitas church, which later became a district that included Cambrian Park, Los Gatos, and San Jose Central churches. He also served as associate executive secretary from 2001 to 2003.
He first began in ministry as a lay pastor in Reserve, New Mexico, in 1989. The Texico Conference called him to full-time ministry in 1993, where he served as pastor of two districts until 1997.
Prior to ministry, Cano worked in the corporate arena as manager of systems and programming for ARCO Transportation Company and director of information services for Syncor International.
He later taught at Western New Mexico University.
His family emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia, South America, when Cano was a young boy. He grew up in southern California with his eye firmly on the American dream. “I never had my sights on being called to serve as a pastor,” Cano said. “Certainly not a conference president!”
Cano gives God all the glory for “the myriad experiences and the many people that have served to shape the person I am today.”
He has been married to the former Mary Ellen Marin for 38 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. All three adult children live in central California. Their daughter teaches in an Adventist school, one son is a pastor, and the youngest son is a fireman and graphic arts designer. All three graduated from Adventist universities.
“From the beginning of Ramiro’s call to ministry, my prayer has been ‘Lord, help me be always willing to do whatever You want me to do.’ I am someone who is most comfortable staying in the background,” says Mary Ellen Cano.
Pastor Ricardo Graham, Pacific Union president, led the 28 CCC executive committee members, with an additional 16 delegates chosen from the eight conference areas, during the search and selection process.
Four town hall meetings were held in September to solicit input from church members and pastors. Detailed notes of characteristics and qualities desired in the new president were taken, as well as names of 61 candidates.
The criteria gathered at the town halls were used as the referencing tool. “Every comment was written down. We represented the people in every way,” Bay Area delegate Gerson Perla explains about the constituents’ input. The 44 search committee members were divided into groups of four. Each small group was assigned names and one month to reference the candidates.
“It was obvious to me that the Holy Spirit was with us. All of the candidates were examined very carefully, with a good spirit,” says Norma Maynez, delegate from the Fresno area. “Once we got to the very last vote, we felt this was the person God wanted for the conference at this time.”