April 1, 2009

09CN: Thomas Lemon, Minnesota Conference President, Moves to Mid-America

Minnesota Conference President
Moves to Mid-America Union
Thomas Lemon will become vice president for administration

capT homas L. Lemon is the new vice president of administration for the Mid-America Union Conference. Having been president of the Minnesota Conference, he will now assist President Roscoe J. Howard III in leading the nine-state region of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that stretches south from Canada to the Oklahoma border and west from the Mississippi River over the western slope of Rocky Mountains.

Tom Lemon

Tom Lemon
[Photo: MAU]

Lemon succeeds Charles W. Drake III, now serving as president of the Central States Conference.

Lemon began his career as a pastor in Maryland, also serving in Texas. He moved to Mid-America territory in 1996 as assistant to the president of the Rocky Mountain Conference. He then served as ministerial director in Oregon before accepting the leadership of Minnesota in 2006.

Lemon earned his BA degree in theology at Southwestern Union College (now Southwestern Adventist University) in Keene, Texas, and a master of divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. His personal mission statement is “to serve the Lord faithfully in the ministry to which He has called me, wherever He leads.”

Lemon has been married 33 years to the former Jan Elmendorf, a career educator. They are parents of two adult children.

At deadline, no word was available on a successor to Lemon as president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minnesota.

In 2007, there were slightly more than 7,000 Seventh-day Adventists worshipping weekly in 70 congregations in the state. The Mid-America Union boasts just over 61,000 members in 451 congregations.