12 Aug 2017
The fifth Quadrennial Session of the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists concluded on Saturday 12th August 2017, with the three Executive Administrators being returned to serve for the next quadrennium.
The session convened at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre at Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados and comprised of three days ceremonies and business sessions, culminating with a national convention on day four at the Oldbury Compound in St. Philip, allowing delegates from Dominica to experience a Conference Session at two locations.
Under the theme of "Embracing the Transformation through Christ", the opening ceremony featured an inspiring devotional by Dr Balvin Braham, Vice-President of the Inter American Division, who spoke on the theme of facing the unknown by ‘casting our anchor on the Lord.’
The Devotional speaker for the Session was Dr Clifford Jones, President of the Lake Region Conference in the United States, delivered several pointed messages on the Session’s theme. Many sermons were punctuated with thoughts focused on the business of the Session. The Business Sessions has been quite intense as Departmental reports were thorough. Many will reflect with grateful hearts on the two song service sessions, Thursday and Friday morning devotions, which paved the way for a smooth business session on both days.
Coming out of the business session, Ps. R. Danforth Francis was re-elected to serve as President. Ps Colin Thorne and Sis Valrica Harrison-Dottin were also re-elected as Executive Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
The Conference Session was a leap into the paperless sphere as members were presented with an attractive small pouch containing an Android Tablet, preloaded with the session app, Adventist Hymnal and Bible installed, allowing for members to take notes and receive reports electronically. This was the conference's first attempt at a paperless session and the initiative was well received. Departmental reports were presented in video format making the East Caribbean Conference the second entity within the Caribbean Union to conduct a paperless Session. The first field to do so was St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mission.
For a list of officers selected to serve the next quadrennium ( 2017-2021 ) please visit the East Caribbean Conference Website.