Church Mourns Loss of Former NAD President
lfred C. McClure, a former president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, died on Tuesday, August 1, at the age of 74.
McClure had been battling lung cancer for several years, and his initial chemotherapy treatments allowed him to continue traveling, attend church, and exercise. In the last few weeks of his life, however, brain tumors were discovered. Although radiation treatments were administered, they did not cure the tumors.
Survivors include his wife, Frances, and his children, Sally, Al Jr., and Scott.
McClure was elected president of the Adventist Church in North America at the 55th General Conference Session in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his 10-year leadership, more than 250,000 people were baptized in North America, and the division was established as a distinct administrative unit. He was also in the forefront of satellite evangelism in the 1990s, the first of which was NET '95 with more than 150,000 people attending the opening meeting in more than 2,000 locations.
Ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist minister in the Florida Conference in 1959, McClure also served many in many other areas of the Church:
- Evangelist, Florida Conference, 1954-1956
- Pastor, Florida Conference, 1956-1963
- Pastor, Missouri Conference, St. Louis, 1963-1967
- Department director, Georgia-Cumberland Conference, 1967-1973
- President, Wyoming Conference, 1973-1977
- President, Kansas Conference, 1977-1978
- President, Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, 1978-1980
- President, Southern Union Conference, 1980-1990
Memorial services will be held on Sabbath, August 5, at 3:00 p.m. at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive E, Collegedale, TN 37315. Phone: (423) 396-2134. This is on the campus of Southern Adventist University. The family will receive visitors immediately after the service.
Arrangements are being made at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Phone: (423) 894-2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Southern Adventist University Worthy Student Fund, P.O. Box 370, Collegedale, TN 37315.
Messages of condolences may be sent to Frances McClure, 29 Sandpiper Trail, Ringgold, GA 30736.
—NAD Communication Department/AR.