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Potomac Constituents Re-elect Officers

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden
Photos by Celeste Ryan Blyden and Taashi Rowe

Delegates to the Potomac Conference’s First Quinquennial Constituency Session yesterday re-elected president Bill Miller (standing with his wife, Sally), vice president for Administration Jorge Ramirez (standing with his wife, Bexy), and vice president for finance Steve Wilson, as well as their departmental directors and associates. During the daylong session convened at the conference’s Takoma Academy (TA) in Takoma Park, Md., the 732 delegates in attendance voted to merge their corporations (Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia); approved the names of those nominated to serve on their committees and boards and spent considerable time discussing Constitution and Bylaws amendments.

Officers reported that during the last five years, pastors, evangelists and members conducted 1,000 reaping meetings; 7,730 people joined conferences churches through baptism and profession of faith; 36 churches were officially organized or planted; and membership rose to 32,585. They also saw an 18.9 percent tithe increase from 2004-2009.

One of the highlights of President Miller’s report was the testimony of 9-year-old Isabele Arteaga (see video) and her family. Isabele is a fourth-grader at the conference’s John Nevins Andrews School, not far from TA. She brought the songs, texts and Bible lessons she learned at school home and shared them with her family, and, as a result of her witness, her father accepted Christ and was baptized. Now her whole family worships at Washington Brazilian church in College Park, Md.

“Excellent reports,” said Daniel McManus, a delegate from the Meadowbridge church in Mechanicsville, Va. “I like the way it was presented with the technology of today; I’m impressed by the [tremendous] growth of our conference.”

Taashi Rowe contributed to this report. Read more about this meeting in your November Visitor.