President Dana C. Edmond
I am blessed and proud to be a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the second of four children to the late James and Marcelle Edmond. Other than the Lord and my wife, I owe everything to my parents. They saw to it that my siblings and I had regular family worship, that we attended and where involved in church. They made enormous sacrifices so that the four of us could attended Seventh-day Adventist school.
I lost my father in 2000; my mother in 2011. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for them and how much I miss them. There is no Bible belief I hold more dear than the Second Coming of Christ and the resurrection of those who died in the Lord.
I began ministry in 1978, as a Pastor and a church schoolteacher in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, in the North Caribbean Conference. After attending Andrews Theological Seminary, I had the privilege of being called to the South Central in 1982 by the late President C.E. Dudley.
As a young man, I had the wonderful blessing of being in South Central during the time of one of the best Administrators in the history of our church (Elder Dudley), one of the greatest evangelists (Elder E.E. Cleveland) and one of the greatest Pastors (Elder E.C. Ward) in the history of our church, all served in this territory. I was profoundly impacted by the life and ministry of these giant men of God.
My wife-the former Jill Robinson-a native of this conference, from the Lima Drive SDA Church, in Lexington, Kentucky, who has been an indispensable part of my ministry since our marriage in 1978-and I served in her native Kentucky for two years, prior to being sent to Memphis, Tennessee, to the Breath of Life SDA Church. After having the wonderful privilege of being Pastor there for six years, we were asked to serve as Conference Youth Director. I tell people all the time: No one ever loved being Youth Director more than I did.
After serving as Youth Director for 11 years, we were asked by President Joseph McCoy to serve as Conference Executive Secretary, where we served under President McCoy and his successor, President Benjamin P. Browne for 8 years.
It was a very sad day for me when Elder Browne retired-he was a wonderful mentor and friend. Nine days after he retired-on September 9, 2009, we were asked to succeed him.
I have been so wonderfully blessed in my life and ministry. In the words of the old song, “I Just Can’t Tell It All”. Blessed to have been born in a Seventh-day Adventist home and raised by two godly Seventh-day Adventist parents. Blessed to have been given a Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education. Blessed to have a wonderful wife and two wonderful children (and three grandchildren!). Blessed to have had the opportunity to have served in a different culture and having pastored in a place where we were accepted and loved to the point where we referred to ourselves as the first “American West Indians”. Blessed then to be called to the South Central Conference by Elder Dudley, into Conference Administration by Elder McCoy and then, to have had that privilege continued by Elder Browne.
Then, finally, to have been blessed to have been given the high honor of serving in this capacity in what I really believe is the best and more historic conference in the North American Division. This conference has the best workers and the best members that can be found anywhere.
That’s a little bit about me. I hope that this website helps inform you about the South Central Conference, and the truly special place that God has blessed it to be.
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