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Columbia Union Officers Re-elected
Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden
(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.
Once the business session was officially open with nearly 200 delegates seated, Weigley gave his President’s Report to delegates reviewing six priorities outlined by the union’s Executive Committee in late 2006. The 70-minute report, streamed live on the Internet and recorded for DVD production, included nine video stories and live interviews with members, pastors and leaders from across the Columbia Union. Weigley also spoke with Mountain View Conference member Delsie Pack via skype (see slideshow above). The member of the Lewisburg, W.Va., church was featured on the cover of the September Visitor because of her zeal to share Christ with everyone she meets. “At one time I had more than 30 Bible studies going,” she told Weigley and her virtual audience. “From those, eight people have been baptized.” She could not attend the meeting in person because she is currently conducting an evangelism series—her third—in her hometown of Renick, W.Va., with 15 people attending including her supportive pastor, Linden St. Clair.
“It was gripping to say the least. I like the mix of video and live, which brought it home and made it personal. I really, really enjoyed it,” commented S. Peter Campbell, assistant to the vice president for administration for the Allegheny East Conference.
(pictured left to right): Frank Bondurant, vice president for Ministries Development; Hamlet Canosa, PhD, vice president for Education; and Walter Carson, Esq., vice president and general counsel
In his closing challenge, union president Weigley outlined a plan to build on the initiatives started during the last quinquennium and called for continued focus on engaging youth and young adults, strengthening Adventist education, growing the union’s two healthcare systems that serve over 1.45 million people each year at 12 hospitals, and fervent soulwinning for all ages groups, especially among Baby Boomers. “Too many people are going to Christless graves,” he said. “Let’s do all we can to preach the gospel, the three angels messages and invite people to be part of this great advent family,” he said. With the help of fellow officers Neville Harcombe and Seth Bardu, he then presented a check for $100,000 to Jose Cortes, president of the New Jersey Conference to help launch a special evangelism initiative in unentered areas of the state. “Thank you, Columbia Union, for partnering with us in Operation Caleb to reach the cities and towns of New Jersey,” said Cortes. “We want to claim them for Christ.”