Delegates to the 61st General Conference Session in St. Louis, voted to reelect Ted N.C. Wilson as president of the General Conference on June 6.

August 1, 2022

New faces and incumbents elected as General Conference officers at 2022 Session

Delegates affirm role of the Bible and Spirit Prophecy

In addition to voting to reelect Ted N.C. Wilson to his third term, the 2022 General Conference (GC) in session, through the course of several days, voted to reelect the world church executive secretary, treasurer, undersecretary and undertreasurer. 
Both executive secretary Erton Köhler and treasurer Paul Douglas have served in their roles for about one year, after their predecessors retired.

The undersecretary, Hensley Moorooven, and undertreasurer, J. Raymond Wahlen II, have had four and seven years in their roles, respectively.

 

General Conference Session Delegates Vote to Elect General Vice Presidents

The seven names include five current vice presidents, Abnor De Los Santos, Geoffrey Mbwana, Thomas Lemon and Guillermo E. Biaggi, and two new names, Audrey Andersson and Maurice Valentine.

Vice presidents elected are (Left to Right) Guillermo E. Biaggi, Artur Stele, Abnor De Los Santos, Geoffrey Mbwana and 
Thomas Lemon, and two new names, Maurice Valentine and Audrey Andersson.
Vice presidents elected are (Left to Right) Guillermo E. Biaggi, Artur Stele, Abnor De Los Santos, Geoffrey Mbwana and Thomas Lemon, and two new names, Maurice Valentine and Audrey Andersson.

Delegates Reaffirm Role of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy

The resolution on the Bible states, in part, that delegates to the GC Session express their “conviction that the Bible is the inspired and revealed Word of God.” It also states that “through the Holy Scriptures, God has revealed Himself and His will to humanity,” adding that “the whole Bible is inspired and must be understood as a whole in order to arrive at correct conclusions as to the truth on any revealed topic.”

In another part of the resolution, delegates emphasize that they “believe that the Bible is the prophetic Word of God,” and add, “We commit ourselves to prayerfully study and follow the Bible, the living and effective Word of God.”

The Lake Union was represented by 13 delegates, including executive secretary Elden Ramirez, president Ken Denslow and treasurer Glynn Scott.
Photo: Pieter Damsteegt
The Lake Union was represented by 13 delegates, including executive secretary Elden Ramirez, president Ken Denslow and treasurer Glynn Scott. Photo: Pieter Damsteegt

Statement of Confidence in the Writings of Ellen G. White

Likewise, delegates voted to approve the Statement of Confidence in the Writings of Ellen G. White, which, among other items, emphasizes the connection between the Bible and her writings. In it, delegates state that they “express … deep gratitude for God’s prophetic guidance of the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” adding, “We believe that the writings of Ellen G. White were inspired by the Holy Spirit and are Christ-centered and Bible-based.”
Delegates also state that they commit themselves “to prayerfully study the writings of Ellen G. White with hearts willing to follow [her] counsels and instructions,” adding, “We believe that the study of her writings brings us closer to God and His infallible Word — the Scriptures — providing us a transforming and faith-uplifting experience.”

 

Compiled by Rachel Scribner, NAD Communication, and Katie Fellows, Lake Union Communication