2011 Constituency Report

On April 16-17, delegates representing churches across the Mid-Atlantic United States gathered for the 26th Constituency Session of the Columbia Union Conference to hear reports, elect officers and boards and handle the business of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Enjoy the articles, photos, reports, and videos from that event.

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Session News Report and Slideshow

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden
Photos by David Hittle


(pictured left to right): executive secretary Neville Harcombe, president Dave Weigley and treasurer Seth Bardu, flanked by their wives Cindy, Becky and Theresa, were re-elected for the 2011-2016 term.

Last night delegates to the 26th Constituency Session of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists unanimously voted to re-elect officers for the 2011-2016 session, including Dave Weigley, president; Neville Harcombe, executive secretary; and treasurer Seth Bardu. Despite a torrential rainstorm, hundreds of delegates and guests packed the Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist in Silver Spring, Md., for the session where they closed the Sabbath with a vespers concert by Washington Adventist University’s renowned choir and orchestra before commencing the business session and its first agenda item: President Weigley’s quinquennial report. Afterwards North American Division president Dan Jackson assumed chairmanship of the meeting to oversee the election of officers. It took less than 10 minutes for delegates to unanimously vote to return all three officers for the next five years.

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President's Report Video (80 min.)





Session Coverage--May 2011
 




Delegate Quotes

Story by Taashi Rowe
Photos by Taashi Rowe

Experience the session through photos and delegate quotes:

“I had a great time meeting the other delegates and seeing the process work. I got involved because I wanted to make an impact and let others around my age and younger know that they too can make an impact on the church.”—Timothy Koh, Kettering Adventist church, Kettering, Ohio



“It’s great to be in a place where we are trying to take seriously that we should be seeing everything through the lens of the cross. I’m seeing a church that wants to be revived, and I see leadership that is trying to go there. I’m very grateful for the direction that we are taking, and I feel very well supported.”—Jack Calkins, pastor of the Patterson Avenue church, Richmond, Va.

“I was very blessed by the President’s Report and all the other reports of the Lord working throughout the union. I’m just very encouraged about the direction of our union and being mission-intentional and training all of us to go out and do what we need to do before the Lord comes.”—Bev Sorenson, member of the Hanover (Pa.) church

“It’s very professional and very spiritual. You sense that you are among the family of God when you are dealing with business. It was done in such a kind and uplifting way. It’s almost like a worship experience when you are doing business.”—Chester Hitchcock, pastor of the Medina and Barberton (Ohio) churches

“I thought the President’s Report was excellent. It was very much an inspiration. I’m going back to practice some of those principles in my own church so that I can inspire my own congregation. It was a real blessing to me.”—D. Robert Kennedy, senior pastor of New Jersey’s Church of the Oranges

“The music in the opening session was very spiritual and uplifting. I was so proud to see the young people from our Washington Adventist University performing in excellence.”—Carl Sobremisana, member of the Takoma Park (Md.) church

“This was my first time participating. I thought it was going to be a little boring but it was good. I like knowing of the progress of the Columbia Union and of our plans for the future, so that way, I can be a part of it and motivate my church.”—Janelly Davila, member of the Philadelphia Maranatha Spanish church

“I think our members need to be encouraged that we have good people in leadership positions and know that God is working to have things move forward in a powerful way.”—David Woodruff, pastor of Pennsylvania’s York and Hanover churches

“I’m really happy to be a part of the Columbia Union. I see that everything is being done according to God’s will, and we are doing it in a professional and organized way.”—Ramon Escalante, Allegheny East Conference Hispanic Ministries coordinator

“When you are at the local church level and don’t have the opportunity to come to these types of events, there is the impression sometimes that we are not allocating our funds the way that we should be, especially when you see the need for work on the ground. But coming here I see that [the work] is getting done.”—Quince Gibson, member of the Edmondson Heights church in Baltimore


LISTEN TO THE MAY 2011 AUDIOVISITOR



Quinquennial Report---March 2011