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News and Notes from All Over – I

I began my service in the conference office as the Director of Youth Ministries back in 1990.  Back in those days, I was one of the youngest people in the conference office-that is hard for me to imagine now.

When I came to the conference office, we were in the process of moving from the old building to the building where we are now. The old conference office was considerably smaller than the building the Lord has blessed us to have now.

Here is how small the old conference office was: In the few months I worked in that building before the new building was completed, not only did I not have my own office-I did not have my own desk. 

There was just enough room to accommodate the staff that they had prior to my being elected as Youth Director. But my predecessor in the Youth Department, Elder Joseph McCoy, also served as Conference Secretary, so when the constituency voted to divide his responsibilities, that meant adding another person to the staff.

But there was no office space to accommodate anyone else in the old building. Elder McCoy was kind enough to allow me to share his desk-he worked on one side of it and I worked on the other. It is interesting and amazing to look back and see how far the Lord has brought our conference.

While I was Youth Director, I began the practice of sending a monthly newsletter to the Pastors and the Youth Leaders of our conference. At the end of the newsletter, there was a section called “News and Notes from All Over”, where I shared various things that were going on around the conference and other places.

I want to reprise those days […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Categories: President's Blog||0 Comments

SCC Education Department On the Move – Growth and New Staffing

Adventist Education is experiencing tremendous growth in the South Central Conference.  In 2013-2014 school year, enrollment increased by over 30% from 595 in August, to 778 in May.  Although enrollment has been on the rise for the past three years, this explosion of growth is primarily due to the advent of the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship.  This program provides full tuition scholarships to eligible students across Alabama.  Enrollments in Emmanuel (Mobile), Bethany (Montgomery), Ephesus (Birmingham) and Oakwood (Huntsville) saw a dramatic rise after the program opened in December of 2013.  God has literally opened the windows of Heaven so that we do not have room enough to receive the blessing, as these schools are now filled to overflowing and have waiting lists!

Several new staff have joined the ranks of the SCC education family.  New administrators include:    Dr. William Lusain (Ephesus), Walter Turner (Alcy), and Dariel Jordan (Emmanuel).  Oakwood and F.H. Jenkins will be headed by interim principals for 2014-2015.  Jason Edgecombe brings over thirty years of administrative experience in both the denominational and public school sectors.  Eula Washington is no stranger to South Central, having served as teacher, principal and superintendent prior to her retirement.  These individuals will lead the Huntsville and Nashville schools during the transitional period as they search for permanent administrators.  Angenette Hill departs the SCC Office of Education and returns to the classroom as the PreK teacher at Oakwood, and Sharon Lewis leaves Huntsville to serve as the Associate Superintendent of Education.  Sixteen new teachers have been hired to meet the needs of our schools across the conference.

Schools will open on August 11, and we anticipate that well over 800 children will enter classrooms where they will “Be taught of the Lord”.  […]

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

Funeral Notice of Mr. John P. Antwine


Family Visitation
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sanders & Sanders Funeral Home
6171 Hwy 49
Greenwood MS 38930

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1:30pm
Bell Chapel Missionary Baptists Church
Hwy 49 South, Cruger, MS

Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Margaret Weathers
3110 Elm Hill Pike Apt 506
Nashville, TN 37214

By |July 18th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments

Funeral Notice for Mr. James Richardson, Jr.

Funeral Service

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:00 Noon
Freedonia Missionary Baptist Church
6440 Phillips 300
West Helena, AR 72390

Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Lillie Buckingham
4543 White Fox Street
Memphis TN 38109

Funeral Service Entrusted to:
Kincaid Funeral Services, Inc.
1188 Hwy 49
West Helena, AR 72390

By |July 16th, 2014|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News||0 Comments


The Huntsville Association of Retired Adventist Workers (HARAW) recently launched the “Second Responders Prayer Ministry”.  HARAW President William Parks and Dr. Clarence E. Hodges, Second Responders Coordinator and Communications chairperson, announced that this ministry, sponsored by HARAW, is open for all persons interested in praying for suffering humanity.

This prayer initiative was organized in response to recent floods, mudslides, tornados, kidnapping of children, mass murders, earthquakes, and other disasters in the United States and other parts of the world.  Prayers ascend from the Second Responders in response to information from first responders (police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel).  President Parks and Hodges stressed the need for much prayer in support of the immediate victims, their families, helpers, and first responders who put their lives in danger seeking to save lives and property of others.

This prayer group prays individually, daily, and periodically together on telephone conference calls.  Those who wish to be a part of this ministry, of any faith and location, may request inclusion by contacting the Oakwood University Church prayer line at 256-837-1255, extension 4.  This is a worldwide ministry serving God’s disaster-suffering children worldwide.  In addition to praying for suffering humankind, prayers are always needed for God’s people to live the love of Christ as did the “Good Samaritan” and as taught by Christ in Matthew 25:31-46 and John 17:20-23.

– Clarence E. Hodges


By |July 9th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments


On Sunday, May 25, 2014 the disabled of Mt. Calvary SDA Church in Huntsville, AL ventured out to be by themselves at Ditto Landing, a resort area also in Huntsville. Yes, it was predicted that the temperature would be 90 degrees, but we went by faith asking and knowing the Lord would turn down the heat for us and this He did. Sixteen individuals, some on the church van and others in their own vehicles, met at the church and left on the trip together.

We were blessed to be accompanied by Nettie Henderson, Disabilities Ministries’ Director, South Central Conference. The Singing Brothers, Al Gardner and Joel Johnson, went ahead to secure an appropriate spot, knowing that the place can be very crowded, especially on a holiday weekend. Upon arriving and giving thanks in prayer, the main reason for the retreat was apparent. Jacqueline Richards, Disabilities Ministries Coordinator led out in a discussion citing her top priority for the ministry at Mt. Calvary Church. “I want to know how we can enhance disability ministries and move it to another level, implementing ways in which we can meet people with disabilities in the community” said Richards. She continued, “Disability is not confined to church, its everywhere, it’s a part of society. So as a church, we have to reach others and let them know we are concerned about them; that we hurt, too, just as they hurt. We want them to know also that being disabled does not mean God has cast us away or we can’t do anything.”

Everyone had an opportunity to voice their input, so we concluded that we are going to step out in faith and take disability ministry a step higher, after which […]

By |July 9th, 2014|Categories: News||0 Comments

Funeral Announcement for Mr. Charles J. Horton

July 9, 2014
Family Visitation: 12:00 pm
Funeral Service: 1:00 pm
Immanuel Temple SDA Church
2102 S. Alston Avenue
Durham, NC 27707

Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Dorothy Horton
5117 Barbee Road
Durham, NC 27713

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

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.  What […]

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