The Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Pastor Daniel L. Honoré has accepted their invitation to serve as conference president. He will assume his functions in the month of September.
The conference’s leadership team has been working with the Mid-America Union Conference officers during the process of nominating a president following the conference’s constituency session held on May 15, 2022, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
“Pastor Honoré is an experienced leader who has done so much to further the mission God has given this church. His presence in Mid-America will be a blessing to us all!” said MAUC president Gary Thurber.
Pastor Honoré comes from the Northeastern Conference where he served as president from 2012 to 2021. Under his leadership the conference membership grew from 50,000 to 60,000, nearly 40 church buildings were acquired, debts were liquidated and a 158-unit senior housing facility was constructed. Prior to that, he served eight years as Stewardship and Trust Services director for the conference.
Pastor Honoré said he counts it a blessing and a privilege to be used of the Lord through the Minnesota Conference. As the apostle Paul, he proclaims “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
Honoré received the call to ministry at a young age and pursued a bachelor’s degree in theology from Washington Adventist University and subsequently a bachelor’s degree in history from Southern Adventist University. He then obtained a Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University. Recently he graduated from Montemorelos University with a PhD in business administration.
Honoré’s pastoral ministry began in 1995 when he was called to pastor the Brockton Temple and Ben Emmanuel Franco-Haitian churches in Massachusetts. During his pastorate, he baptized 150 people and founded the Brockton Area Seventh-day Adventist Academy, which today claims over 130 students.
In addition, Honoré has conducted evangelistic campaigns in New York, Peru, Brazil, Jamaica, Haiti, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. He has also served on a number of boards and committees including the NAD Executive Committee, Oakwood University Board of Trustees, the Atlantic Union Conference President’s Council and the Northeastern Academy Board.
Pastor Honoré is a second generation conference worker. He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to a Haitian father and a Dominican mother. Growing up in a pastoral family involved relocations and exposure to various cultures. As a result, he became fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole and Spanish.
Prior to engaging in full-time ministry, Honoré operated a law practice specializing in immigration law with two offices in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Honoré’s professional work has led him to help families in Boston through the Concilio Hispano De Cambridge, as an investigator with the Boston Fair Housing Commission for two years, and as the executive director of the Mattapan-Dorchester Churches in Action training local leaders to develop strategies for solving community problems.
“After prayerful consideration, my wife and I believe God is calling us to serve the people of Minnesota,” said Honoré. “We have been praying for His guidance in leading us where He wants us to be. A few weeks ago, we could not have anticipated this move but He has called us here and we submit to His will.”
Pastor and Sister Fritze Honoré recently celebrated 32 years of marriage. Sister Fritze, MSN, serves as a nurse informaticist for a hospital system in Long Island. They are the parents of three young adult sons and one daughter. Gamaliel and Nathanael have graduated from Oakwood University while Gabriel and Danielle continue their studies at the Huntsville campus.
Photo Courtesy Daniel Honoré