Dan Jackson Elected New President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America
by Crystal Steeves, communications liaison, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada
Dan Jackson, 61, is the new president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, elected June 28 by delegates of the world church at their business session in Atlanta, Ga.
Jackson was appointed by the church’s 246-member Nominating Committee and confirmed by the General Conference Session delegation, which is an international body of 2,410 appointed members and the highest governing body in the church.
He replaces Don Schneider, who has served as President since 2000.
“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,” said Jackson.
Responding to the vote, Schneider commented, “Elder Jackson is a wonderful Christian whose leadership has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) and Andrews University, from which he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.
During his career, Dan has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. He is currently the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. Dan and Donna enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them.
About the General Conference Session
The 59th General Conference Session is a business meeting of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church from June 24 – July 3, 2010 in Atlanta. Occurring every five years, General Conference Session gathers representatives from the church around the world to elect leadership and determine the focus of mission. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainline protestant denomination with over 16.3 million members in 206 nations around the world. The Church’s headquarters is in Silver Spring, Md.
George Johnson Jr. —Associate Director Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America | Communication