October 13, 2011

2011 AC Update 4 Trecartin Appointed President of New Greater Middle East Union

Trecartin Appointed President of New Greater Middle East Union Mission
Szilvasi to continue as union secretary; Iseminger replaces Trecartin as undersecretary


Seventh-day Adventist leadership today appointed world church Undersecretary Homer Trecartin to serve as president of the church's newly formed Greater Middle East Union Mission.

Trecartin previously served as secretary-treasurer of the former Middle East Union and planning director for the world church's Office of Adventist Mission, among other positions.


Church officials appointed Homer Trecartin, left, to serve as president of the church's Greater Middle East Union Mission. Veteran administrator and current world church undersecretary Myron Iseminger, right, will succeed Trecartin as Undersecretary. [photos: Ansel Oliver]

Trecartin replaces Kjell Aune, who served as president when the region was overseen by the church's Trans-European Division. Annual Council delegates voted yesterday to make the region an attached field of world church headquarters.

"By doing this, we've set this region up as a global priority," said Gerry Karst, an Annual Council delegate and former world church vice president. "I want to appeal to this body to view it as [such] and give it the resources necessary for it to be successful," said Karst, who served as president of the church's Middle East Union in the 1980s.

Leadership also voted to reappoint Tibor Szilvasi, who will continue in his capacity as church secretary for the region.

World church Secretary G. T. Ng said church leaders will review possible candidates for the union's treasurer and announce their nomination at a later date.

Delegates voted current Associate Secretary Myron Iseminger to replace Trecartin as world church undersecretary. Iseminger studied and worked in five countries on four continents during his studies and a denominational career that has spanned 23 years. Before election as an associate secretary of the General Conference at the 2010 Session, he was the treasurer of the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Spokane, Washington, and came to that position after serving nearly three years as the Associate Treasurer and Personnel Director for the world church's Southern Asia-Pacific Division.