February 16, 2013

2012 Church News Archive

December 19, 2012

Former SPD President Dies
R.R. Frame also headed up the Adventist Media Center.

Israeli Artifacts Displayed at SAU 
SAU-Hebrew University findings support Davidic history.

Adventist Pastors Meet to Study Retreat
Ministers from U.S., Canada gather in Maine.

Hope4U Magazine Launches Across Africa
Adventist World-sponsored project to help Pathfinders raise funds.

December 12, 2012

LLU: International Health Conference "Reclaims the Vision" 
First-time meeting of global Adventist medical personnel.

Terry Day Named Kettering Health Network President
First woman to head Adventist-owned system.

India: AWR Expands Reach
In a first, Adventist program airs on FM radio in Hyderabad, India.

Card-writing Campaign Latest Move to Help Imprisoned Adventists
Church leaders invite members to send Christmas cards.

November 22, 2012

Accident Kills AFM Worker in Papua New Guinea
John Lello was felling trees at remote mission station.

Wilson Calls for Dec. 1 Day of Fasting and Prayer
World church encouraged to support falsely accused members in Togo.

GC Leaders Affirm Care and Principle on Gay Issues
Church statement on gays, lesbians emphasizes "compassion."

Annual Council Promotes Community, Outreach Initiatives
Programs for preachers' kids, anti-child abuse, and evangelism disclosed.

November 14, 2012

Earthquake Kills Four Adventists in Guatemala
Worst temblor in 36 years.

Wilson Offers Prayers, Support in Hurricane Aftermath
"Superstorm" hit Northeastern U.S., Cuba, Haiti, and Dominican Republic.

Focus Evangelism on Medical Ministry, Wilson Tells Annual Council
Keep church united in difficult times, he says.

World Church Leaders Share Evangelism Updates
In Euro-Asia even children help spread the Adventist message.

Software License Addresses Membership Records
Soft American Computer program expected to standardize record keeping.

Educational, Organizational Matters Top One Agenda
Chinese Union Mission to focus on Hong King, Macau, and mainland China.

November 7, 2012

Growth in "Global South" to Shift Membership, Giving Patterns
Soon overseas tithe will eclipse giving from North America.

Adventist Church Offerings Up
Stable tithe and mission offerings noted.

Former NAD Vice President Dies
Cyril Miller championed Jewish, Muslim outreach.

Adventist Pastor Jailed in Togo
GC delegation seeks Monteiro's freedom.

October 24, 2012

Adventist Pastor Jailed in Togo
GC delegation seeks Monteiro's freedom.

Former GC Publishing Director Brucke Wickwire Dies
He also served in East Asia, Europe.

ADRA Provides Maternal Care Training in China
Birth complications, infant deaths decline.

GC President's First Book Arrives in Stores
Almost Home aims to inspire, Adventists raise funds for mission to cities.

After Debate, Annual Council Votes Statement on Church Polity
Measure responds to ‘Recent Union Actions on Ministerial Ordination’

October 17, 2012

Peru: Adventists Launch Church's Fifth Medical School
First medical school in South America's northwestern region.

Adventists Rally in New York City
Church leaders, lay members prepare for NY13.

Adventist Media Leaders Meet
Communication summit aimed at strengthening church identity.

October 10, 2012

ADRA/Australia Chief to Lead ADRA International
Jonathan Duffy also worked in the Adventist church's health ministry.

Florida College Becomes Newest Adventist University 
Distance learning, remote campus swell growth.

ADRA Pioneer Dies 
Milton Nebblett, a former pastor, also worked with Vietnam refugees. 

California Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Law
New legislation protects Sabbath keepers.  


September 19, 2012

Church Launches Committee to Study Theology of Ordination 
Report expected in 2014; stems from request at GC Session.   

Andrews Press Releases Book on Homosexual Issues 
First major title from an Adventist publishing house on the topic.

ESD Holds First Youth Congress 
More than 2,000 converge in Kiev, Ukraine. 

Adventist Pastors Convene in Slovenia

Twelve hundred attend gathering.

Northern Asia-Pacific Adventists Hold First Pathfinder Camporee
Adventist youth gather in Seoul for uplifting event 

September 12, 2012

PNG: Thousands Baptized in a Single Day
Papua New Guinea campaign draws crowds in excess of 100,000.

Adventist Olympian Testifies to Faith in God
Kenyan Abel Kirui took silver in in marathon competition in London games.

ARM's Anti-abuse Message Now a Global Movement
The Seven Campaign launched to prevent bullying abuse.

August 22, 2012

Adventist TV Boosts Africa Outreach
Hope Channel plans indigenous-language channel.

Former LLU Dean Dies
Gordon Hadley "defined" outreach to China, India, and Afghanistan.

August 15, 2012

Oakwood University's Aeolians Win Gold at World Choir Competition
Gain three gold medals at even billed as "world's largest"

August 9, 2012

World Church President appeals for Unity in TV Interview
"All of us need to show respct to each other," Wilson says.

Youth for Jesus Has Impact on Fort Worth--and ASI Youth
Month-long campaign expected to conclude during convention.

Adventist Youth Reach Out in ASI-linked Austrian Event
GYC holds first European summit.

July 25, 2012

Interim ADRA President is Optimistic on Agency's Future   
Despite painful year, confidence in mission remains. 

WWU Trustees Vote to Continue Presidential Search  
July 1 meeting reviewed recommendation.

Guatemalan Adventists Hit the Streets, Offer Prayer for Neighbors  
Carry signs reading "We pray for you."

After Lawsuit, Alabama City Agrees to Literature Evangelist's Return  
Alabaster, Ala. will allow students to share Adventist message, pending ordinance dispute resolution.

July 18, 2012

2 Local Conferences Tap New Presidents
Valentine heads to Central States, Honoré takes helm at Northeastern.

Former GC Lay Activities Leader Dies   
Valentin Schoen was 98. 

July 11, 2012

Book Distribution, Response, Exceed Early Goals
Rumors of legal action to stop distribution unfounded, church attorney says. 

Retired GC Treasurer Becomes Acting ADRA President 
Robert Rawson takes the reins.

Adventist Broadcaster Gerald Fuller Dies
Two-career life, TV announcer to dentist.

Singapore: Adventists Focus on Leadership Recruitment
Pastors needed to support 2,800 members.

June 28, 2012

Adventists Should "Butt In" Against Smoking, Health Leaders Say
Church should make antitobacco effort a priority.   

Quiet Hour Celebrates 75 Years
Preachers, musicians, note effort to share gospel worldwide. 

Indonesia Religious Liberty Event Recognizes Faith Leaders
Nearly 2,000 attend event; interest growing.

June 21, 2012

ADRA International Board Votes Leadership Change
Rudi Maier leaves president's job.   

Uganda Judge Seeks Healing, Justice
Daniel Nsereko found call in helping oppressed.  

Internet Conference Highlights Best Practices
GAIN event emphasizes user needs.

Indonesia Religious Liberty Event Recognizes Faith Leaders
Nearly 2,000 attend event; interest growing.

Coroner's Verdict Vindicates Chamberlains
32 years after tragedy, dingo declared killer. 

June 13, 2012

Nigeria: New Medical School Opens
Babcock University is the fourth Adventist medical school on the globe.

Canadian Foreign Minister Promotes 'Bedrock' Human Right
John Baird says religious freedom too often "measured in blood spilled and lives lost."

Australia: Adventists Welcome Inquest Finding
Inquest confirms cause of the 1980 death of Azaria Chamberlain.

May 24, 2012

Former GC President Recieves Norwegian Honor
The Norwegian Royal Order of Merit is one of the highest honors given to civilians.

Adventist Church to Stream International Bible Conference
Sessions, in Israel, to feature discussion of theological issues.

May 16, 2012

NAD "Bible-Experience" Challenge Comes to Maryland
Twenty six teams showed knowledge of the Scriptures.

Bates' Concordance Given to Southern Adventist University
Gift brings historic volume to school.


May 9, 2012

Adventist Media Center Board Asks Ministries for Business Proposals
Option to relocate from Simi Valley can be included.

Mission to Cities, Revived by His Word Highlight Spring Meeting
Church leaders select 24 cities for evangelism.

Former GC Sabbath School Director Fernon Retzer Dies    
Was longtime missionary in South America.

April 25, 2012

The Spring Meeting Devotional Messages  
From Adventist News Network.

Is the World Church Missing Out on $12 Billion in Tithe   
Global tithe report suggests unrealized potential. 
Dominican Republic: ADRA Helps on Road Safety 
Local unit aids in truck-driver training. 

Hungary: Adventist Church Gets Official Nod   
Recognition ends months of uncertainty.    

April 18, 2012

"Just Claim It" Offers Spiritual Nurture, Service  
Thousands gather in North Carolina. 

Scholar Defends Bible as "Literary Classic" 
Leland Ryken makes case for reader involvement. 

Philippines Choir Leader Wins National Honor   
Led chorale to World Title in 2011.

Montemorelos Festival Draws Thousands   
Conference focuses on 10-40 window.  

April 11, 2012

Surveys Sharpen Statistics, Adventist Research Claims  
New wave of research aims to prove, or correct, widely held assumptions.

20,000 Adventist Youth Trade Vacation for Service  
Evangelism a component of "Mission Caleb" outreach in Peru. 

April 5, 2012

Wilson, GC Leaders Visit Adventists in China 
Thousands follow the advent message.

March 29, 2012

Wilson Leads Massive Brazilian Outreach
Three million Great Hope books distributed.            

Oakwood U. Student Downs at Rock Quarry   
Campus community is deeply saddened. .

March 21, 2012

It Is Written Draws Thousands in Las Vegas
Month-long series gained audience: Isle of Man, Fiji, Argentina watched.            

AUC Board Plans Evangelism Training Center  
Atlantic Union College still seeks return; center is unrelated move.

Remembering Leo R. Van Dolson  
The former Adventist Review associate editor died on March 11, 2012. 

Adventist Camps for Blind Offer Winter, Summer Experiences     
Christian Record Service outreach to provide blind persons with fun--and Jesus.

March 14, 2012

Maryland Church Fire Racks Up $500K in Damage
Two alarm blaze drew 60 firefighters.            

Former Listen Editor Francis Soper Dies 
Profiled drug-free celebrities in effort to reach youth. 

"One Project" Focuses on Relationship With Jesus 
Hundreds Meet in Seattle. 

Andrews University Professor Elly Economou Dies    
Started Hellenic Adventist group; translated Ellen White's books into Greek

March 7, 2012

Wilsons Visit Haiti
GC President sees progress, shares encouragement.           

First Hispanic to Lead a GC Department Dies
Louis Ramirez was 93.

Oakwood University Choir Performs in Moscow 
First Adventist group to perform at Moscow International Christmas event.

Adventist Risk Management Prioritizes Abuse Prevention   
Insurance unit working to shield minors.

February 29, 2012

Adventist School's Efforts Help Jewish Athletes Keep Sabbath
Forth Worth's Burton Adventist Academy helps Houston's Beren school win.            

Adventists Monitor Contraception Mandate
Potential curtailing of religious liberty is concern, PARL says.

February 22, 2012

U.S. Surgeon General Lauds Adventists' Health Focus
"Health occurs where we live," Benjamin says.          

Longtime Missionary Eric Monnier Dies 
Leaves legacy of service on two continents.

Adventist Fund-raising Book to Guide Building Projects
Volume focuses on local church needs.     

LLU Eye Specialist Shares Knowledge via YouTube 
Dr. Howard Gimbel brings experience to global classroom.

February 16, 2012

Adventists Among Survivors in Italian Cruise Ship Disaster
Family returns to Peruvian Union University.

Loma Linda Flips Over Burgers
Some residents resist the coming of McDonald's.

Missionary Doctors, Adventist Hospital United in Passion for Healing
Newborn arrives close to grandmother's home, thanks to medical cooperation.

AWR Begins Wolof Language Programs
Four nations to be reached in key language.

Florida Conference Sells Headquarters to State
Conference has two years to find new home.

February 9, 2012

Jan Paulsen to Receive Norwegian Honor
Will be a Commander of the Order of Merit.        

Nigeria: Religious Conflict Takes Toll on Adventist Church
Open-air meetings curtailed, churches pray for peace.

High Court Ruling Protects Adventist Church
Ruling shields churches from government interference.  

Church Honors South African Member 
Denis Baird conducted anti-tobacco campaigns. 

January 25, 2012

Adventist Logo Approved for Veterans Headstones
Six-year campaign yields results.       

Calendar Shift Doesn't Alter Seventh Day, Samoan Church Says
As date line shifts, Adventists to follow weekly cycle.  

ADRA Helps Ecuador's Volcano Victims 
Masks, eye solution help reduce effects of pollutants. 

January 18, 2012

WWU President to Resign
John McVay served for six years as president.

South American Adventists Go as Middle East Missionaries
Brazilian pastors "go forth" to new fields.

Sydney Adventist Hospital Volunteers Mark 25 Years
Operation Open Heart served more than 2,100 patients.

Colombia Outreach Targets Bogota
Two-week campaign yields 1,500 new believers.

January 11, 2012

Virginia Seventh-day Adventists Reach Across Globe to Help Kenya’s Children
"Incubator Project" Gets Start in Smith Mountain Lake Congregation.

Pastors’ Conference Uses Evangelism and Leadership for Successful Ministry
First held in 1977, annual event draws hundreds.

Prayer Accompanies Packing of ?1 Million Books for West Africa
The Great Hope is part of 2012 initiative to spread The Great Controversy message.

ADRA Distributes Supplies to Mindanao Flooding Victims
More than 800 killed after tropical storm hits

Herbert Broeckel, 74, Potomac Conference President, Passes to His Rest
Spent 35 years in Potomac; served denomination for 52 years

Norman W. Klam, 66, Former North Pacific Union Treasurer, Passes
Served denominationally for 37 years