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Chow Named President of Adventist World Radio

By Shelley Nolan Freesland

The Adventist World Radio (AWR) Board of Directors met by teleconference last week and elected Dowell Chow as president. Chow replaces Benjamin Schoun, who has served in that role for the past eight years.

Chow has filled the role of AWR vice president for finance since 2005. Among his many roles over the years, he is noted for his wide administrative experience, including positions as treasurer of the Columbia Union Conference, president of the New Jersey Conference, stewardship and trust services director as well as a senior pastor in Puerto Rico, and publishing house administrator in Venezuela. During his time in the Columbia Union, he served on several boards of directors for union entities, including Washington Adventist University, Adventist HealthCare, Washington Adventist Hospital and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in New Jersey.

“While working at AWR during the past several years, I have come to learn what a unique, passionate, exciting ministry it is,” Chow says. “I relish the excitement of developing new projects, and my aim is to build on what Ben has done in the field and keep moving ahead. AWR has diversified its offerings, such as a much greater FM radio presence and incredibly extensive podcasting, and we need to pursue that even further.”

At the recent General Conference Session, Schoun was elected as one of the general vice presidents of the General Conference, where his portfolio includes becoming the new chair of AWR’s board. He will also be advising and overseeing departments such as Education, Communication, and Stewardship; chairing the boards of Andrews University and the International Board of Theological Education; and serving as vice chair of the boards of Hope TV and Adventist Review/Adventist World. One of his main roles in filling these responsibilities will be to coordinate the church’s various media initiatives, with the goal of creating greater synergy through joint planning and use of resources.

“I wish Dowell well in his new position,” Schoun says. “Dowell and I have worked together at various times through the years, and I have a lot of confidence in his leadership. AWR has been one of my favorite assignments in my professional life. It is a positive, inspiring, and compelling work to reach out to people who have never heard of the hope in Jesus Christ. I want to thank the great team of colleagues who work at AWR for the fine work they have done, and express appreciation to the board, which has been supportive of our visions for growth and expansion. I am thankful that my ties to AWR are not completely cut, and that I will still be able to cheer this ministry onward as I chair its board.”

AWR senior vice president Greg Scott says, “AWR has benefited tremendously from Ben’s leadership and has experienced significant growth during his time with us, from adding approximately 50 new languages to investing in a new podcasting service that expands AWR’s ministry to every corner of the world. We look forward to continued innovation and development under Dowell’s new leadership.”