First Union Springs SDA Church Women’s Ministry Department launched its End It Now Campaign, which began on Friday, August 21 and ending on Sabbath afternoon, August 22, 2015.

The scheduled events began with an assembly outside the downtown courthouse in Union Springs. This is where the ladies displayed an assortment of brochures, flyers, other handouts, pencils, wristbands and pins.

The intent was to familiarize the public with an awareness of abuse that occurs in our churches, schools, homes and the workplace; along with intervention strategies available throughout the region and the State of Alabama.

We also, gave out free bags of Nature’s Popcorn and bottled water.

On Sabbath afternoon, Pastor Mickens was the facilitator for the final portion of the End It Now Campaign.

He held an open forum on the particulars about abuse in its many forms, as well as intervention strategies offered through the One Justice Family Center in Montgomery, AL.

This facility is designed to address the total family once an incident of abuse has been reported.

Many of the attendees exchanged dialogue regarding personal or family encounters with many years of abuse; recovery and the healing process through the grace of God.

The discussion was so dynamic that the members requested more frequent meetings to address the topic of abuse.

Our goal is to invite other professional individuals in the counseling area to our church to address the topic of elder abuse in the home and health care facilities.


First Union Springs SDA Church, Pastor Michael Mickens

Minister Dorothy Jones, Women’s Ministry South Alabama State Director

Ophelia Riley, Women’s Ministry Leader

L. Pearl Johnson, Women’s Ministry Leader

September 18th, 2015|Categories: News, Women's Ministries|0 Comments

KY/Mid TN Youth Federation This Coming Weekend

Greetings Pastors, Treasurers, Youth Leaders and Youth Supporters!

Kentucky Middle Tennessee Youth Federation is right around the corner! This year our federation will be hosted at Christ Church Nashville at 15354 Old Hickory Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee.  The theme for the day is LOVED!  The federation will take place on September 19, 2015 beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST with our Health & Temperance Competition.  With this event approaching quickly, we are asking for each church to submit your church federation dues to assist in defraying the cost for the event.

Please be sure to visit the federation website for updates, and to submit questions/comments under “Contact Us.”  We look forward to seeing you at YOUR youth federation on Sept. 19th !


Natalie Mims

Kentucky Middle Tennessee Youth Federation President

September 16th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Joe I. Grider Discusses the Conference DLAP Program

It is a blessing to serve the DLAP (District Lay Associate Pastor) team members of our conference. There are more than 20 individuals leading our congregations as part time workers. A couple of weeks ago I conducted our first video conference-found to be beneficial-and we talked for nearly 1 1/2 hours concerning the administration’s expectations for DLAPS.

There were a number of items put in place for the first time. I am committed by God’s grace to reach out to each DLAP at least once a month by phone. However, at the same time, I am making myself accessible as often as they need to contact me.  They can reach me by either phone, email, or text.

There will be a video conference each quarter to focus on various aspects of ministry. Some areas of focus will include, dealing with conflict within the pastoral context, local church organization, and the relationship between pastor and congregation.  We will address other areas as the needs arise.

It is my belief that as we frequently communicate as a team, we can become more effective, encourage one another, and hasten the Lord’s return.

Let both Laymen and Clergy work together while it is still day.

– Joe I. Grider, D.Min.; serves as the Associate Ministerial Director for South Central Conference, in conjunction with being the Pastor of the Maranatha church in Tuscaloussa, Al.

September 15th, 2015|Categories: Ministerial, News|0 Comments

Entire Church accepts Sabbath

Pastor Anthony Berry, a former Baptist minister who received the Sabbath message at our Sunday morning Surge meetings brought his entire ministry into the Adventist family. The First SDA Church family voted to adopt the Christ Care Unit Church and make it a campus of First Church. Their ministry has been meeting on Sabbath for seven weeks now. With the blessing of South Central Conference, we welcome them into the Adventist Church. This all came about because God impressed us to teach the doctrines of our church on Sunday mornings in 8 week cycles. I am thanking all of those who prayed for us during this season where the enemy attempted to sow seeds of discord. What the enemy meant for evil, God turned around and used it for good. Praise His Name!

September 10th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

Publishing Ministry Embraces Presidential Vision to ENGAGE Young Adults in the Mission of the Church

For some time now quietly and imperceptibly literature evangelism has been a tool in the hands of God to engage youth and young adults in spreading the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ.  This summer was no different in South Central Conference.  The leadership of the Publishing Department at SCC joined hands with Elders Carl McRoy of South Atlantic,  Theus Young of Southeastern, and William Smith at the Union and deployed 82 student literature evangelist in the states of Birmingham,AL , Louisville,KY, Orlando,FL, Charlotte NC, and Cleveland, OH!

Over $300,000 in literature was distributed helping our youth to attend our schools. Over 75,000 pieces of literature was hand delivered. Through their experience and exercising of faith 8 literature evangelist decided to give their lives to Jesus at the end of the summer.  Pastor Vandeon Griffin, SCC Youth Director and pastor of South Nashville SDA church, spoke at the summer retreat on Friday night and on Sabbath at his church they took a stand! Their decisions only is a foretaste of thousands of decision that will be made from the word of God preached and in printed  just before probation closes.

For the last year of this quinquinnium 2016, Elder Edmond president of South Central Conference is focusing on “Engaging Young Adults”.  Having young adults active in the mission of the church means that the church must become more mobile and lest stagnant. More involved in the community and concerned with the lives of all its member especially the young adults who are looking for purpose and a place to belong.  Thats why the publishing ministry continues to be successful year after year.

This ministry is transforming the lives of our youth as it provides a safe environment for 10 […]

September 10th, 2015|Categories: News, Publishing|0 Comments

New School Administrator Joins the SCC Educational Team

Summer Wood has been working as an educator of young students and teachers for the last 9 years. During this time, she has served as an elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, professional development specialist, and instructional coach. She has served in the Baltimore City and District of Columbia Public School Systems. She also mentored many teachers in the Metro Nashville Public School System.

Upon completion of a Bachelors of Business Administration, Dr. Wood felt called to education, after a providential series of events led her to the Teach for America program. During her time in this organization, she realized that education was her calling and she never looked back–committing herself to equitable education for all children.

In 2015, Dr. Wood received her Ph.D in language, literacy, and culture from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests included, culturally diverse students and reading achievement, with a specific focus on African American male students, critical literacy, and children’s literature.

Dr. Wood strongly believes in Christian education and is excited about leading F. H. Jenkins Preparatory School. Ultimately, her goal is to see that every day, every child is pursuing academic excellence and Christian leadership.

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Education, News|0 Comments

Baptisms at Ebenezer SDA Church

On Sabbath, August 22, 2015, Pastor David Jones baptized four precious souls at Ebenezer SDA Church in Moss Point, MS.  One of the precious souls has a special need, and he is very intelligent with much to offer in spiritual gifts to church services and activities.  Pastor Jones said that everyone will be given an opportunity to work. When the doors of the church were opened, another person stood to be united with the church family.  “Upon completion of his Bible Study with me, he will be baptized.” said Jones.  Ebenezer is utilizing all doctrines of the gospel including Luke 14:21-23, which admonishes the church to compel the poor, maimed, halt and blind to come in so that God’s house will be filled. Ebenezer SDA Church is not a respecter of persons.  They know that Jesus died for all and He does not want anyone to be lost. To God be the glory; great things He is doing at Ebenezer SDA Church in Moss Point, MS.

September 10th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

New Associate Joins SCC Education Team

In its June meeting, the SCC Executive Committee voted to invite Queen Robinson to serve as the new Associate Education Superintendent for the ten South Central Conference schools.  Mrs. Robinson, a native of Mobile, AL, is a product of Adventist education having received a BA degree from Oakwood College and an MAT in Elementary Education from Andrews University.  She has over thirty-six years of educational experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and adjunct professor at such institutions as Emmanuel SDA School, Alcy Jr. Academy, Ramah Jr. Academy, FH Jenkins SDA School and Crichton Community College.

Mrs. Robinson is also an entrepreneur and owner of Educational Communications Inc.  Her company has been a supplemental education service provider, assisting school districts in Tennessee and Ohio to meet the many requirements associated with the No Child Left Behind legislation.  She is the recipient of several awards including the Zapara Teacher of the Year Award, the Women’s Meritorious Award, and the Community Service Award. A life-long learner, Mrs. Robinson is enrolled in the doctoral program at Capela University, where her dissertation area of study is Differentiated Instruction.  She is married to Pastor Luke Robinson (Shelbyville/Gallatin District) and they have three adult sons and eight grandchildren.

Assuming her duties on July 1, Mrs. Robinson will oversee curriculum and professional development initiatives for the entire conference in addition to supervision of instruction at the Louisville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Jackson, MS schools.  South Central Conference is blessed to have Mrs. Robinson join the education team.

August 31st, 2015|Categories: Education, News|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