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Executive Secretary Named Chesapeake Conference President

Story By Samantha Young
Published 8/30/11

Dave Weigley (right), Columbia Union Conference president, congratulates Rick Remmers, new Chesapeake Conference president. 

The Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee elected Rick Remmers, DMin, conference president today. He replaces Robert T. Vandeman who recently accepted a call to serve as executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference.

“Rick is well qualified to lead the Chesapeake Conference, having served admirably as secretary in two conferences,” said Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president. “He has a grasp of administration and has the respect of many of his constituents. We at the Columbia Union are very pleased.”

Remmers has been the Chesapeake Conference executive secretary since early 2010.  In his role he is an active strategic planner for conference initiatives, camp meeting and human resources. He also directs the prayer and Health Ministries of the conference, frequently leading prayer-focused meetings and workshops. He developed prayer ministries resources for the North American Division.

A graduate of Andrews University (Mich.) and an ordained minister, Remmers has spent more than 20 years in pastoral, evangelistic and administrative ministry in Ohio, Illinois and Maryland. He was senior pastor of the Atholton church in Columbia, Md., and the Hagerstown (Md.) church. He also served as conference secretary and Ministerial director for the Illinois Conference.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and His church in this way,” said Remmers following the meeting. “Working with our pastors, teachers and members, I hope we can build on the strong foundation that has already been laid and expand our outreach to impact even more people for the kingdom of God. As we get ever closer to Christ’s return, we need to have a vision for how God calls us to reach all ages, cultures and peoples with the Everlasting Gospel.”

Remmers is married to Shayne (Bromme) Remmers, a nurse specializing in cardiac care. The couple has two children, Andrew and Kari.

From left to right: Eduardo Munoz, Chesapeake Conference treasurer; Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president; Rick Remmers; Franke Zollman, pastor of Williamsport (Md.) church and executive committee member; and Wally Carson, vice president and general counsel for the Columbia Union Conference, happily surround the new Chesapeake Conference president.