ATCU Welcomes World Church Leader

Today marks a historic event in the life of the fledgling Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU). After weeks of anticipation, God has made the visit of our world church leader a reality. We praise God for granting him and his wife, Nancy traveling mercies across the expanse of wood and water.
We look forward to a blessed experience in Christ as our leader, called for such a time as this, proclaims God’s Word in an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving.

“Sound the battle cry! See the foe is nigh…. These words have fashioned the life of our leader since his early sojourn with Christ. Like many of us, he has traversed the channels of time observing, discussing and arresting some of the challenges faced by our church, yet he remains undaunted as he embraces them with urgency. With a ready heart and a steady head he rouses this great army of believers to stand firm and rest our cause upon God’s holy word. The foe that presses us to battle makes our longing for Christ’s second coming even more desirous.
Our illustrious leader, Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union invited Elder Ted Wilson to the territory. We are blessed to have this convocation in the South Bahamas Conference. So with grateful hearts our members gather for this holy sitting.

Let us celebrate our God with our world church leader! Soon Christ will come and there will be no parting over there! -Pastor Paul Scavella, President, South Bahamas Conference.

Pastor Wilson who was born in Takoma Park, Maryland on May 10, 1950, was elected as president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church during the General Conference Session in July 2010. The son of former General Conference President Neal C. Wilson and Elinor E. Wilson, he spent part of his childhood in Egypt.

He began his church career as a pastor in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference. In 1975, he married Nancy Louise Volimer, a physical therapist. The couple has three married daughters - Emilie Louise, Elizabeth Esther, Catherine Anne, and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Pastor Wilson served as an assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981. He went on to serve as departmental director and later as executive secretary in the Africa-Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, until 1990.

Following his post in West Africa, he served for two years at the church's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, as an associate secretary. Next he accepted the position of president of the church's Euro-Asia Division in Moscow, Russia, which he held from 1992 to 1996. Pastor Wilson returned to the United States to serve as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, until his election as a General Conference vice president in 2000.

An ordained minister, Pastor Wilson holds a doctoral degree in Religious Education from New York University, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University, and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University's School of Public Health. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Russian.
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