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Valentine to head Central States, Honoré to helm Northeastern Conference (Posted July 18, 2012)
BY ADVENTIST REVIEW
wo Seventh-day Adventist regional conferences have recently elected new presidents, officials said.
Maurice R. Valentine II is the new president of Central States Conference, elected June 17 by delegates at a regular quadrennial constituency meeting. One week earlier, Daniel Honoré was elected president of the Northeastern Conference, again at a regularly scheduled constituency meeting.
Valentine replaces Charles Drake, a former vice president for administration of the parent Mid-America Union, who had served as Central States president since December 2009. Honoré succeeds Trevor Baker, who had been Northeastern Conference president since 2000.
In the Central States meeting, Roger Bernard was reelected as vice president for administration and Tonya Anderson as vice president for finance.
Valentine, who had been serving the Mid-America Union as both vice president for administration and ministerial director, said: “I count it an honor to accept the call to return to the place which birthed, nurtured, and honed my spiritual journey, the Central States Conference. Moreover, I’m humbled at the opportunity of once again being called of the Lord.” Central States covers the largest geographical territory of any local conference in the North American Division.
Before coming to the Mid-America Union, over the course of 21 years Valentine served 11 congregations in four states.
Valentine serves on various committees of the North American Division; he is also a member of the Adventist Health System executive board and vice chair of the Union College Board of Trustees. He holds degrees in communications and theology from Oakwood University and the Master of Divinity from Andrews University.
He has been married to the former Sharon Livingston for 26 years; together they are blessed with two adult sons and a daughter.
Daniel Honoré was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the second of three children born to Lamartine and Celia Honoré. His father, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and teacher, was Haitian and his mother Dominican.
He earned a B.A. degree in Theology from Columbia Union College and a B.A. degree in History from Southern Adventist University. He subsequently attended law school at Ohio Northern University and earned his J.D. degree.
Seven years later, Honoré launched an immigration law practice. Later that year he accepted the invitation of the Northeastern Conference to serve as Pastor of the Brockton Temple French Church and the Ben-Emmanuel Mission on a part-time basis. Under his leadership, the Brockton Temple nearly tripled from 133 to 345. During eight years of ministry he baptized more than 150 and established an elementary school. Later the Mission was organized as a church.
In 2004 he was elected to serve as Stewardship and Trust Services Director for the Northeastern Conference, and the family relocated to New York.
The Northeastern Conference, which has 50,000 members on its rolls, serves 176 churches and 15 church-owned schools in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Along with Honoré, Oswald Euell was elected executive secretary of the conference; and Edson Bovell will serve as treasurer.
Northeastern Conference constituency delegates approved a measure that will impose term limits on the office of president and executive secretary to two consecutive terms, and the office of treasurer to three consecutive terms. In addition, term limits were also voted for all departmental directors of two consecutive terms, and the education director for three consecutive terms.