General Conference Executive Committee Votes Process Document to Handle Non-Compliance of Policy

October 11, 2016 Silver Spring, Maryland Leadership of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Executive Committee, at their Annual Council, voted this afternoon to approve a document titled Unity in Mission: Procedures in Church Reconciliation, which examines the need for procedures that the church can follow when an administrative body fails to follow “biblical principles as expressed in the Fundamental Beliefs, voted actions, or working policies of the Church”.The Executive Committee is made up of church leadership representing the entire world church, lay members from the 13 world divisions and institutional leadership. After a lengthy discussion from the floor, the document was accepted by a vote of 169 to 122. Discussion of the document began with an introduction by General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson, who introduced the topic of reconciliation by the church body when a disagreement exists. Wilson reminded the committee members that Ellen G. White referred to the “General Conference Executive Committee, when in session, as a group with authority”, and urged members to vote the approval of the recommended document. Mike Ryan, special assistant to the General Conference president, described the reasoning behind the creation of the document and urgent need for its approval. Ryan referred to the assumption that many people will have in relating the document to the issue of Women’s Ordination and the recent vote on regional approval  of women’s ordination that was taken last summer in San Antonio, Texas at the 2015 General Conference Session. He then clarified that the document can refer to many different situations when entities don’t abide by voted policy. Discussion on the document from the floor of the General Conference auditorium resulted in many different statements both in favor of and in [...]

Sanders’ Celebrate 50 Blessed Years

Arthur and Dorothy Sanders celebrated their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary with a renewal of wedding vows and reception on July 10, 2016. The celebration was at 3:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suite Conference Center in Montgomery, Alabama.  Officiating ministers included Dr. Sylister J. Jackson, Pastor Marion Johnson, Jr. and Pastor Jeffery L. Watson. Their journey began in 1960, over fifty years ago. After they met, they developed a friendship which led to six years of dating and courtship. During these six years, they pursued their education in different cities, but still continued to develop their relationship by writing letters, telephone calls, and visiting each other.  Dorothy attended Oakwood University in Huntsville Alabama.  Arthur attended Wenonah Vocational Technical School in Birmingham, Alabama. During this time, their relationship became much more than friendship and dating. They realized they were meant to be together. On July 10, 1966 in Montgomery, Alabama, they were united in holy matrimony in the presence of God, family and friends. After fifty years, they celebrated their union and renewed their love and commitment to each other.  They have surrendered their lives to God and His service. They testify that God has remained at the center of their marriage and He has blessed them beyond measure. His blessings include two wonderful children (Andrea and Kelvin), family and friends, health prosperity, and an undying love for each other and Him.  The journey continues.

First Church – Homecoming 2016, Oct. 14, 2016

The First SDA Church in Huntsville will be celebrating “Homecoming 2016” beginning Friday evening, October 14, at 6:00 pm with a vesper Singspiration entitled “Hymns at Sunset” coordinated by Cleveland “Murphy” Wilson director of the inspirational choir. The weekend continues on Sabbath morning with Sabbath school at 9:00 am with the lesson being taught as a whole. The morning’s message will be delivered by former church pastor and newly elected South Central Conference President, Benjamin Jones. Sabbath evening, First Church will present “Keys to the Kingdom” a duo piano concert featuring seven renowned keyboard artists: Shelton Kilby, Gale Murphy, Adrian Westney, Jr., Michael Andrews, Nancy Dudley, Wayne Bucknor and Brian Jones. The concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include sacred and classical pieces. Music from several of the artist will be featured throughout the day’s services. The concert is free to the public. A love offering will be taken during the concert. For more information, call 256-852-8360. First Church Homecoming 2016 First Seventh-day Adventist Church 1303 Evangel Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35816

South Central Treasury Transitions

We give them their flowers while they can see, hear, and feel them. Leave well wishes in the comment section--- On behalf of President Benjamin Jones: We say farewell to two of our workers who have accepted positions in other fields. Mrs. Merkita Mosley, South Central treasurer, has accepted the call to South Atlantic Conference, Decatur, Georgia, as Treasurer. She has served South Central very well during her tenure. Also Mrs. Jennifer Bennett, undertreasurer, has accepted a position with Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. The same is true for Jennifer; good servant, great worker. We say, Well Done thou good and faithful servants. As both enter their new responsibilities, we will miss them; we wish them well, and pray for their success. Pray with President Jones and the executive committee as they petition the Lord and choose persons to fill these positions.

Oakwood Church Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Family Life Center

Oakwood University Church Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Family Life Center “A Beacon of Light for Families” “Turn to your neighbor and say, ‘It’s going to happen.’”  With these words, Carlton P. Byrd, D.Min., Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church (OUC), welcomed OUC members, South Central Conference administrators, and Huntsville, AL city leaders and residents to the Ground Breaking Ceremony for OUC’s new Family Life Center on September 4, 2016. After more than 30 years of hopes and dreams discussed, then deferred, construction for OUC’s Family Life Center is now underway.  “You’ve needed this facility for more than a decade,” acknowledged Benjamin Jones, South Central Conference President. “But you, on purpose, made a decision that before you built a family life center for yourself, you’d build a school for your children.  I thank you all for that sacrifice.” For the families that make up the community and the church, the 22,000 square foot center will include a gymnasium and walking track; classrooms for seminars and workshops; specified space for the church’s Pathfinder Club; and designated rooms for the church’s Adventist Community Service ministry including a food pantry and clothing distribution area. The enormous impact this new facility will have on families was a constant theme throughout the ceremony.  “Having this facility to specifically minister to the diverse families that make up our church and community is just exciting,” stated Belvia Matthews, Ph.D., co-director of Family Life ministries at the OUC.  Huntsville Mayor, Tommy Battle, added, “When you build families, you build communities; and when you build communities, you build better cities.” The family life center is slated to be completed by September, 2017, which is 40 years to the month and year when [...]

Funeral Notice for Mrs. Mary O’Garro

NEWS from SU: Southern Union Reelects President, All Officers, and Directors

The Southern Union constituency reelected Dr. Ron C. Smith, D.Min., Ph.D., as president at its Quinquennial Constituency Session on Sunday, August 18, 2016. Smith came to the Southern Union in 2007 as executive secretary and was elected president in September of 2011. In response to his reelection Dr. Smith said, "I'm feeling most honored to have received your affirmation through your reelection of me as your president for a new term. Thank you for your partnership during this past quinquennium in reaching new benchmarks in ministry to our territory. With God's help, we will drill deeper and reach higher in our quest to introduce more and more people to Jesus. We will purpose to reach popular culture through hope and wholeness." The Session, chaired by Elder Daniel R. Jackson, NAD President, also reelected Jim Davidson as executive secretary; Randy Robinson, treasurer; Carlos Salazar, association treasurer; and Dennis Millburn, undertreasurer. Because Millburn plans to retire, Dave Colburn was made undertreasurer-elect, a designation he will hold until Millburn retires. All departmental directors were returned to their positions. You may view the brief 11-minute President’s Report at: The entire quinquennial report is in the September Southern Tidings, and may be downloaded at

SCC Women’s Ministries Biennial Retreat: Redeeming Love

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Recent Executive Committee Personnel Actions

Greetings, Voted Actions: Sunday, August 28, 2016 Assistant to the President - Auldwin Humphrey Departmental Children's Ministries - Trina Ware Associate Education Director - Queen Robinson Family Life - Renee Mobley Ministerial - Joe Grider, pastor, Maranatha, Tuscaloosa, AL Associate Ministerial - Kennedy Luckett, pastor, Magazine Street, Louisville, KY Prayer Coordinator - Shirley Scott Trust Services - Sonja Crayton Pastoral Gethsemane, Daphne, AL - DLAP Yvens Melidor New Beginnings, Mobile, AL - DLAP Levester Williams New Covenant, Memphis, TN - Eric Ampadu Greenville/Hollandale, MS District - Shawn Moss Shelbyville/Gallatin, TN District - Interim, Vandeon Griffin, Director, Sabbath School/Personal Ministries Pulaski, TN - Interim, Michael Harpe, Director, Stewardship Ministries Education Mary Greene, Business, Manager, Oakwood Adventist Academy, Farewell to those Seeking New Endeavors Jonathan Fields, former pastor, Cleveland/Indianola, MS District Marvin Allison, former Communication Director, and pastor, Mobile/Daphne, AL District Amanda Harris, former Business Manager, Oakwood Adventist Academy Chanel Malcolm-Fubler, former Secretary, K-8, Oakwood Adventist Academy

Prayer Requests

Please pray for Elder Harold Goodloe's family as you know just last week his wife Debrah's mother passed and yesterday his son-in-law was found dead in Chicago. Please lift him up so that the Lord can comfort him and his family during these difficult and trying times. Please pray for Ollie Lester whose husband Elder James Lester a long time bible worker in the Mobile AL area was killed in an automobile accident while attending a family reunion in Savannah GA. Please continue to pray for the Lester family.