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June 28, 2010

Seventh-day Adventists elect new president

Dan Jackson was elected president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Monday at the General Conference Session in Atlanta. The 16.3 million-member church is headquartered in Silver Spring.

The 61-year-old Jackson, currently president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, was appointed by the church’s 246-member nominating committee and confirmed by the General Conference Session delegation, an international body of 2,410 appointed members and the highest governing body in the church.

“God never calls us to do things we are capable of, and this thing is so much bigger than me. But He has called, and I accept this with the greatest humility and with extreme gratitude to Don Schneider,” Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson succeeds Schneider, who has served as president since 2000.

“Elder Jackson is a wonderful Christian whose leadership has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church," Schneider said.

A graduate of Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) and Andrews University, Jackson has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. With the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in Canada. He has served as a pastor, teacher and administrator.

Seventh-day Adventists are in Atlanta this week for the 59th General Conference Session, a business meeting of the global church held once every five years.

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About Matthew Hay Brown
Matthew Hay Brown writes and blogs about faith and values in public and private life for The Baltimore Sun. A former Washington correspondent for the newspaper, he has long written about the intersection of religion and politics. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, traveling most recently to Syria and Jordan to write about the Iraqi refugee crisis.
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