At a specially convened session on the evening of November 7, the Central States Conference Executive Committee met at headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas to determine a course of action for filling the position vacated by former president Maurice Valentine II, who recently accepted an invitation to serve as executive secretary of the Lake Union Conference in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
After much prayer and reflection, the Executive Committee voted to leave the president’s position open until the Central States Conference Constituency Session on June 12, 2016, and allow the delegates to select a president then. The committee’s decision places Elder Roger Bernard Jr., CSC executive secretary, in the role of interim president until that time.
The Executive Committee, working with Mid-America Union Conference president Gary Thurber, expressed great confidence in Elder Bernard as acting president. “It is with a deeply humbled heart that I thank the MAUC officers and the Central States Conference Executive Committee for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading this great conference,” said Bernard.
The Executive Committee also voted to write a letter expressing appreciation to Valentine for his service and wishing him God’s richest blessings in his new ministry, which he’ll begin on November 15.