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 […]