Dan Jackson Elected President of the North American Division

Story by Crystal Steeves
Photos by Bryant Taylor and R. Steven Norman

Just before noon today, Dan Jackson, 61, was elected president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists by delegates to the 59th General Conference Session in Atlanta. He replaces Don Schneider, who has served as president since 2000.

“God never calls us to do things we are capable of, and this thing is so much bigger than me. But He has called, and I accept this with the greatest humility and with extreme gratitude to Don Schneider,” said Jackson.

Responding to the vote, Schneider commented, “Elder Jackson is a wonderful Christian whose leadership has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”

Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) and Andrews University, from which he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.

During his career, Dan has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. He is currently the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. Dan and Donna enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them.