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Funeral Notice For Elder Franklin S. Hill, III

Family Visitation:
July 7, 2014. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Young Funeral Home
1107 Hank Aaron Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30315

Funeral Services:
July 8, 2014.
Viewing: 2:00 pm
Service: 3:00 pm
Boulevard SDA Church
240 Maynard Terrace SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

Condolences may be sent to:
Dr. Susie M. Hill
P. O. Box 606
Silver Spring, MD 20918

By |July 7th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Charles Terrell

By |June 27th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Closing of the Review and Herald

On Tuesday, June 17, the constituents for the Review and Herald Publishing Association (PHPA) voted to close the RHPA, in Hagerstown MD., and transfer all it’s assets and operations to the Pacific Press Publishing Association (PPPA) in Nampa Idaho.The RHPA was the oldest institution in the Adventist church.  It had a long rich history and is simply known by many as the Review.  It was not an easy decision to make. There were many heated discussions, and some heated exchanges.  Passions for keeping the RHPA open were high, yet in the end the vote to close was overwhelmingly clear.  The margin was almost 3-1 in favor of closing.Several things will happen as a result of this vote.1. The PPPA was transferred from the General Conference (GC)  to the North American Division (NAD).  This gives the NAD the right to control publishing within it’s own territory. Until now all the Publishing Houses in the Division’s territory were owned and operated by the GC.2.  The name, The Review and Herald, will be assumed by the GC, yet will no longer be a Publishing House for the distribution of our books, but will be the flagship name for all the publishing work throughout the world church. And it will be office in the GC Building.Currently the GC publishes the Review, the Adventist World, the Adult Sabbath School Quarterlies, Ministry Magazine, and a few other publications that pertain to the church membership.  Under this new arrangement, these magazines will now fall under the name Review and Herald.3.  All of our books and other publications will now be ordered from the PPPA exclusively,The North American Division is in the process of restructuring the publishing ministry within the NAD territory. […]

By |June 26th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments


The first of its kind!

The Family Life Department of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church has developed a Certification Training Program for the Men’s Ministries leaders in the local church. The South Central Conference Men’s Ministries department facilitated the first Certification Training for its leaders, May 30 – June 1, 2014, at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Pastor Melvin Preston, Family Life Director for the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, conducted the training. Pastor Benjamin Jones, Ministerial Director for the South Central Conference and Dr. Trevor Fraser of Oakwood University, assisted him.

The attendees had to complete 10 modules of instruction that dealt with different areas of Men’s Ministries. It was an intensive curriculum, which started Friday evening and ended Sunday morning. In addition to the weekend instruction, each attendee has to participate in an independent learning track of 2 ½ hours, which entails reading books and DVD/Video viewing. After they have completed all of the requirements they will receive the Basic Adventist Men’s Certification. They will be equipped to do an advanced work within their churches. In addition, some of the graduates will be utilized as Conference trainers for other leaders in the different geographical areas of this Conference.

We are excited about the future of Men’s Ministries in South Central. We are now getting ready to go to the next level of preparing our men for Kingdom building.

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Highlights||0 Comments

SCC Women Choral

CALLING  ALL  LADIES, 12 years and older

You are invited to be part of the WOMEN’S CHORAL,   June 19, 2014 is WOMEN’S DAY at the 68th South Central Conference Camp Meeting in Huntsville, AL

The choral will be in concert at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 19 and sing during the 7 pm service on the same night. Persons interested in being a part of this choral should contact Barbara J. Walker @  to receive more information and the song list. Please watch the announcements on the monitors at Camp Meeting to find out when rehearsals will be held in preparation for the June 19 concert and evening service.

By |June 11th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Women’s Ministries Hold Redeeming Love Evangelistic Series

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.   Matthew 9:35-38   (KJV)

The harvest truly is plentiful; and there are still many who do not know about the love of God. Some are right in our homes.  So the women of South Central Conference have been doing as Jesus commanded.  They have and continue to pray that God would send forth laborers.  And guess what?  He did.  Guess who? God sent the Women of South Central; He used us to answer our persistent prayers.

Since 2010, Operation SWEEP (Spirit-filled Women Exalting Eternal Principles) has been the springboard from which we have launched evangelistic series.  Many of our women are preaching and teaching the good news of salvation.  In 2012, the call came to come over to College Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee, and help us.   College Hill has done evangelism for years but this would be different–it would be led by women. Through much dialogue and persistence, plans were put in place to evangelize, beginning April 26-May 10, 2014.  The evangelism thrust also included a children’s ministry component.

We chose the Revelation Seminar Series.  The Book of Revelation is an open book about the redeeming love of God who gave His only Son to save mankind.  We used 16 of the 24 lessons and held […]

By |June 5th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Thank God for a Good Year – The Conclusion

In the first two parts of this series, we looked back at the year 2013.  I shared with you that I recognized the unusual nature of reviewing the previous year nearly halfway through the current year.

But this is an outgrowth of our April Executive Committee meeting, where we reviewed the finances of the previous year (which we do each year at the first Executive Committee of each year).

We shared with you the ten goals for the conference for 2013 that were shared with the Executive Committee at our first meeting for 2013. We shared with you each of those goals and the fact, that by God’s grace, nine of those goals were reached.

In this final installment, I would like to talk about the goals for 2014, and in that discussion, we shall talk a little bit about the goal that we did not reach.  

I believe that it is very important that goals are set: By individuals, organizations, churches, corporation, etc. When I was a young Pastor, Elder C.E. Dudley, who was the President of our conference in those days, used to tell us “Some people aim at nothing-and hit it” (something I have repeated to our workers 1,000 times)-everybody needs to set goals.

I shared the goals for our conference that I am asking the Lord to help us achieve in 2014, with our Executive Committee a few months ago. Please allow me to share them now with you:

(1)  1,000 baptisms, with a retention rate of at least 70%. We have been blessed in this conference with unprecedented baptisms these past several years, for which we thank God. We have set a baptismal goal each year, and the Lord has blessed with the consistent […]

By |June 4th, 2014|Categories: President's Blog||1 Comment

Sharing God by Serving Others

It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. – Ephesians 2:10 Living Bible (TLB)
We never really understand the beauty of a desert, the pain of poverty or the joy of service until we’ve made the journey to see, smell and experience them.

Now we have.

We, the South Central Conference Mission Team, spent three and one half days at the Holbrook Indian School in Holbrook, Arizona.

Our team – comprised of 23 eighth grade students and 14 adults from 7 of the 10 schools in the South Central Conference – prepared a garden area for planting, dug trenches for drain pipes, cleared wind strewn debris, assisted in cafeteria duty, engaged in rigorous games of basketball with the athletic Native American boys, enjoyed a tea party with beautiful  Native American girls, and made memories that will last a lifetime.

This is our team’s second mission experience at Holbrook Indian School and the previous trip inspired our students to be more conscious of the advantages they are blessed with, including caring families. Their interaction with the Navaho students caused them to have a deeper respect for those of different cultures. They visited the classrooms and noted that Indian students learn the same way American students do. They study from the same textbooks and write the same prompts.

This year our students have enjoyed the new found friendships, the chance to be in nature, and the benefits of manual labor.

The provocative presentations each evening during the “Jesus Loves Pajamas” meetings have given the students a deeper sense of God’s love for them and the need to let others know […]

By |June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Highlights||0 Comments

South Central Conference Employee Comings and Goings

Mrs. Sharon Lewis to Join the Office Staff, Pastor Tina Carriger to Join Pastoral Staff and Mrs. Angenetta Hill to Return to Classroom
Recently on our website, we shared the fact that six of our Pastors, Dr. Craig Newborn, South Central Conference Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator/Sabbath Director, Elder I. Roy Rugless, Prayer Ministries/Men’s Ministries Coordinator, Elder Ronssard Broussard, Pastor, Paducah/Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Elder Antoine Maycock, Pastor, Florence/Courtland, Elder Roy L. Patterson, Pastor, South Nashville and Sargent Simms, Pastor, Montgomery Maranatha/Hurtsboro, Alabama will be retiring this year. Elders Rugless and Simms will be transitioning to part-time while Dr. Newborn, Elders Broussard, Maycock and Patterson will retire as of August 1.

Additionally, Elder Chester Readus, Pastor, Moss Point/Beaumont, Mississippi is leaving to transition into the chaplaincy.  Together, these men have given approximately 250 years of service to God’s church, the vast majority of it in the South Central Conference.

We are greatly appreciative of their service and ministry. After Camp Meeting, a special feature on them will appear on our website.

For now, we wish to formally announce the latest personnel changes in our conference. Former Associate Superintendent of Education, Mrs. Angenetta Hill, expressed a desire to return to classroom instruction. Beginning this fall, she will be teaching at Oakwood Academy, where she served with distinction as a teacher prior to coming to the conference office seven years ago.

We have appreciated Mrs. Hill’s service in the Office of Education and wish her well as she returns to her first love-classroom instruction.

The new Associate Superintendent of Education is Mrs. Sharon Lewis, the Principal of Oakwood Academy. Mrs. Lewis comes to our office with a wealth of experience in Seventh-day Adventist Education. For nearly forty years she has served this church as an […]

By |June 3rd, 2014|Categories: News||1 Comment

Funeral Notice for Mr. Woodrow Graves

Public Viewing:
Friday, May 30, 2014
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Funeral Service:
Saturday, May 31, 2014
9:30 am

St. James AME Church
588 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 622-1344

Services entrusted to:
Whigham Funeral Home
580 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 622-6872

Condolences may be sent to:
Pastor & Mrs. Curtis Hall
56 Wheat Stone Lane
Jackson, TN 38305

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments