September 19, 2009

26CN: New President at South Central Conference

New President at South
Central Conference

capDana C. Edmond, a former youth leader and magazine columnist, was elected president of the
South Central Conference on September 13 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dana C. Edmond [Photo: R&H]

Edmond, who has served as conference executive secretary since 2001, was elected by the conference executive committee and fills the vacancy left when Benjamin P. Browne retired as president on September 1. Browne served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 41 years. The executive committee will meet on December 13 to elect a new conference secretary.

Edmond has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 31 years. After graduating from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University), he began his ministry as a pastor and school teacher in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in the North Caribbean Conference. In 1982, Edmond joined the South Central Conference as a pastor in Kentucky. He served in various pastorates for 12 years before joining the conference staff as youth director in 1990. In 2001 Edmond was elected executive secretary, where he’s served until now.
Along with his administrative duties, Edmond was a columnist for Insight magazine, the church’s journal for highs school and college-aged youth. He also wrote the book Do it Right—Love, Sex, and Relationships God’s Way.
“I am humbled by this honor,” the new president says. “It is one of the greatest honors and greatest responsibilities I’ve ever been given.”
In describing his vision for ministry Edmond explains, “We have to be more intentional about ministry. We have make a plan [for ministry] and then pray for God’s blessing on our plan.”
Edmond married the former Jill Robinson of Lexington, Kentucky.  The Edmonds have two grown children, Courtney Edmond Campbell and Robert James Edmond.