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South Central Young Adults Delegates to General Conference Featured On the Cover of Southern Tidings

Southern Tidings recently featured the first-time delegates to the recent General Conference session in San Antonio. In particular, the emphasis was on young adult delegates.

The two young adult delegates from South Central were Elder Debleaire Snell, Senior Pastor, Huntsville First Church, and Dr. Temika Simmons, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Delta State University. The other delegates from our conference were Elder Kennedy C. Luckett, Senior Pastor, Louisville Magazine Street, Dr. James McGriff, a Doctor of Anesthesiology, from the Huntsville Oakwood University SDA Church, along with Elder D.C. Edmond, President, South Central Conference.

Generally speaking, delegates are chosen by unions and represent a particular division. Accordingly, the aforementioned five individuals were delegates from the North American Division, as selected by the Southern Union. There were approximately 2,500 total delegates, approximately 250 of which were from the North American Division. Southern Union-the largest union in the North American Division, having surpassed Pacific Union approximately 15 years ago-had 41 delegates.

In addition to the five individuals from South Central that were selected by the Southern Union, Dr. Leslie Pollard, President, Oakwood University and Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, Senior Pastor, Oakwood/Speaker/Director for Breath of Life, were chosen as delegates by other entities. It is also the practice of the Southern Union to send the members of their Executive Committee to the General Conference as special guests. Mrs. Aubrey Shoemaker, Layperson, Morristown, Tennessee and Mrs. Sandra Hawkins, Layperson, Montgomery Bethany, attended General Conference attended in that capacity. Lastly, Elder Auldwin T. Humphrey, Executive Secretary, South Central, and Mrs. Merkita Mosley, Treasurer, attended as special guests as well.

The process of delegate selection in the Southern Union begins with the submission of a suggested list of delegates from around the Southern Union by the Southern […]

August 31st, 2015|Categories: President's Blog|0 Comments

Statement from The President on the Death of Elder William Pergerson


By now, most of you have heard about the tragic plane accident, which claimed the life of Elder William Pergerson. What some of you may not know is that Elder Pergerson’s ministry began in the South Central Conference, back in the mid 1990’s.

I knew Elder Pergerson well in those days. I was Youth Director then and he would invite me to preach in his churches. I used to call him “William Perg”.  He was single in those days and a very nice young lady that worked with me in Youth Ministries used to confide to me that she was interested in “William Perg” and sought my help in making a connection. But though my attempt to play matchmaker ultimately failed, “William Perg “ ultimately did all right for himself in that area when the Lord led him to his wife, Sharon.

Elder Pergerson began his ministry in western Kentucky, in the Paducah/Hopkinsville district. While he was in Paducah/Hopkinsville, he asked his former college roommate, a young man by the name of James Owens, to come and be a Bible worker for him. That is how I came to meet Elder James Owens, who now serves as the Pastor of the Berean SDA Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He then went on to pastor what was then the Lexington/Frankfort district.

When Elder Pergerson left Lexington/Frankfort to go into full-time evangelism, the then-President of our conference, Elder Joseph McCoy asked me to go to Elder Pergerson’s former district as Interim Pastor. It was very clear to me in the approximately three months that I spent there that Elder Pergerson had made some solid inroads in evangelism there in a manner that had not been seen for some time.

Elder Pergerson loved […]

August 29th, 2015|Categories: News|2 Comments

Experience of A Lifetime for the OAA Elementary School Choir

The Oakwood Adventist Academy Choir for grades K-5 recently had the experience of a lifetime as one of the invited choirs to perform for the 6oth Session of General Conference in San Antonio, TX. The choir is under the direction of veteran educator, Ms. Purette Bethea-Mills. It was her vision that lead them through the application process and ultimately to the opportunity to sing before their global church family. Nearly 60 choir members, along with their parents and families, headed to San Antonio to represent their school, OAA and its nine constituent churches, the South Central Conference and the City of Huntsville.  The children were bubbly with excitement and eyes wide in awe as they entered the Alamodome to sing before approximately 65,000 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from around the world.  They sang one number entitled, “Oh Lord, We Need You,” for the evening concert on Thursday, July 8 as a stand-alone group. On the second Sabbath, July 11, they joined their voices with 1,100 others for the GC Mass Choir for two performances of a beautiful medley and arrangement of “Lift Up The Trumpet / We Have This Hope.”  The children were joined by other children from around the globe as they accompanied the adult mass choir along with the mass orchestra for a rendition that surely gave everyone who witnessed it a glimpse of the Heavenly choir that is soon to be. This was truly an experience our young people will not soon forget and we thank God for the opportunity.

August 27th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Adventist Community Services School Supply Giveaway

On August 8, 2015, South Central Conference held its annual Multicultural Day.  Each departmental director was assigned to attend a Spanish Church. Some attended churches in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

This year, Elder Dana Edmond, president, attended the Spanish Church – Aliento de Vida in Memphis, Tennessee where he was the guest speaker. Elder Edmond’s sermon was about retention in the church. People come and go because someone may have said something about them. He encouraged us to stay in the church even though things might be difficult but as long as we praise and worship Jesus everything will be alright.  Elder Zachary Varggens, pastor of Aliento de Vida, did a wonderful job as interpreter for Elder Edmond.  “It was a wonderful experience hearing familiar hymns sung with such passion in Spanish.  We could follow along in Spanish from the screen or sing in English. It was like a mini Pentecostal experience,” said Barbara Barnes, co-director of Adventist Community Services.

Immediately following worship service, a delicious meal featuring an authentic Mexican cuisine was served including tamales and taquitos.

That afternoon, a Back-to-School Outreach Ministry was planned by Adventist Community Services of South Central Conference. The West Tennessee ACS Federation helped prepare 250 colorful backpacks in 12 different colors with school supplies. Each student, grade K-12, received the basic, grade-appropriate school supplies and backpack. Elder Edmond was able to “brush up” on his Spanish while helping federation members distribute the school supplies to the children while Mrs. Jill Edmond helped with registration. “We have distributed at least 2,000 backpacks with school supplies for the last several years throughout the conference. It was amazing to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they selected brand new backpacks filled with […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Community Services, News|0 Comments

Funeral Notice for Cyril and Majorie Dean

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|1 Comment

JOB OPENINGS: Departmental Secretary

Position Title:                         Part-Time Departmental Secretary
Department:                           Multiple Departments
Immediate Supervisor:           Laurene Brown, Office Manager
Status:                                    Non-Exempt
Remuneration:                       56% – 76%
Position Summary:

The Departmental Secretary performs a variety of secretarial and clerical tasks under the general direction of the Laurene Brown, Assistant to the President, and Office Manager.  This position works twenty-five hours per week; primarily for the President’s Office, Secretariat, Treasury and Human Resources.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs duties for executive management, and any department needing assistance, as assigned. Responsibilities may include screening calls; making travel, meeting and event arrangements; preparing reports and financial data; and customer relations for the President, Ministerial, Personal, and Women’s Ministries Departments.
Prepares flyers and marketing materials (including e-mail blasts) to SCC directors and direct staff for meetings, conferences, etc.
Assists implementing plans for meetings, conferences, etc.
Greets public in person and on the telephone, provides general information, answers questions and directs individuals to appropriate party as necessary.
Creates new files and enters and updates contact information into computer.
Performs administrative and office support activities for multiple supervisors. Duties may include fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations, notebooks, and filing.
Maintains the Executive Committee minute notebook, Association Board notebook, and Personnel notebook;
Responsible for sitting for anyone who is on leave, vacation, etc., for the duration of their leave/vacation if necessary
Sits in for the office receptionist when she is on vacation
Makes travel and lodging arrangements as required.
Processes incoming mail – opening, dating, sorting, […]

August 18th, 2015|Categories: Highlights, Job Openings|0 Comments

History of the Gospel Medical Missionary Movement of Greater Huntsville

The Seventh-day Adventist Gospel Medical Missionary Movement of Greater Huntsville (SDAGMMM) has been active since 2005. It began in 2003 when Wildwood Health Evangelism School graduate Jim Ayodo, accompanied by Wildwood Lifestyle Hospital MD’s. Ervin Davis and Scott Grivas, started training classes at the New Life SDA Church in Huntsville when Harold Goodloe was the senior pastor. Graduates of that class coalesced to form the nucleus of what is now the SDA Gospel Medical Missionary Movement of Greater Huntsville. SDAGMMM consists of health ministry leaders, health professionals, lay pastors, ordained elders, and others who desire to see the Lord’s closing work done and to hasten His return.

The group’s main goal is to advance the cause of gospel medical missionary work in cooperation with duly ordained gospel ministers, in accordance with the prophetic writings of Ellen White (see, for example, Counsels on Health, pp. 557,558). In this spirit of cooperation, the SDAGMMM has, in cooperation with Oakwood, Southern, and Andrews Universities, co-sponsored medical missionary conventions at each of these schools. In the same spirit of cooperation, we want to revive this important and oft-neglected work. We would like to see the youth, the older members, the ministers, in fact every member to embrace this work, according to the Spirit of Prophecy (Testimonies, Volume 7, p. 62).

SDAGMMM has trained medical missionaries in America and Africa.  In 2012, we conducted a training course at the Mount Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville under the leadership of Senior Pastor Marcel Wip and Health Ministries Leader Joy Cavins.

To advance our educational mandate, we have trained interested students in gospel medical missionary work, what the North American Division Health Ministries now calls Comprehensive Health Ministry. We wanted students to be able […]

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

Women’s Ministries and Disabilities’ Ministries Day Combined

First New Life SDA Church, Fayette, MS under the progressive leadership of Pastor Bryant Herbert celebrated Women’s Ministries and Disabilities Ministries’ Emphasis Day at the same time on Sabbath, July 25, 2015. The program was arranged by DeEtter Edwards who is the passionate coordinator of both ministries.  She printed program booklets for the day that were very educational in that they highlighted the seven major disabilities groups with descriptions, four things one should know about people with disabilities, tips for disability etiquette, and a disabilities litany that teaches that everybody belongs and everybody serves. A poem was read by a young adult that highlighted the love parents have for children who are developmentally disabled.   Program participants included ladies from all age groups who demonstrated that they were acquainted with the Holy Spirit.  The music was soul-stirring with solos by Chasity Coleman and Louetta Day.

Nettie Henderson, Director of Disabilities Ministries, South Central Conference was the keynote speaker.   She was introduced by Cynthia Hill.   The message was entitled, “The Strength of the Weaker Vessel”.  The Bible text was found in Proverb 31:27-29, 31, and I Peter 3:7, which reads, “Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates” and “ likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.”  Henderson said, “People with disabilities and women are considered the weaker vessels of the […]

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Highlights, Women's Ministries|0 Comments

Funeral Notice for Mr. Robert Harvey

August 12th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments

Funeral Notice of Mr. Willie McDonald

August 12th, 2015|Categories: Funeral Announcements, News|0 Comments