David W. VandeVere has accepted the invitation to serve as vice president of finance for the Mid-America Union Conference headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. VandeVere brings experience in both pastoral ministry and financial leadership, having most recently served as the vice president of finance for the Potomac Conference in Virginia. VandeVere begins his new role in October.

“Dave VandeVere is really just coming home. He began his church service in Mid-America and it will be good to have him back. Dave is not only amazingly competent, but he loves the Lord and His church. He will be a blessing to our field,” said Gary Thurber, president of the Mid-America Union.

Thurber added that VandeVere’s strengths include leadership skills, the ability to articulate ministry mission and vision, along with simplifying complex financial information and thinking creatively about the “big picture” of ministry.

Mid-America’s former treasurer, Troy Peoples, accepted a call to serve with the General Conference Auditing Services in Silver Spring, Maryland, as assistant director for budget and finance.

Education, experience, accomplishments

David VandeVere graduated from Southern Adventist University with a BBA in accounting. He earned a CPA license and Trust Certification from the General Conference Trust Committee, as well as having completed a Pastoral Coaching Systems program in 2006 from Ministry Advantage in Dallas, Texas.

VandeVere has served as a public accountant, treasurer/secretary in the Minnesota Conference, and lead pastor for the Damascus Grace Fellowship in Maryland for 10 years before returning to focus on financial ministry in 2014. 

Some of Vandevere’s accomplishments at the Potomac Conference include leading in the recovery of adequate working capital reserves, developing an integrated finance committee for the conference and its institutions, creating and implementing a debt-relief program for academies, and developing a recruiting process for young college accounting graduates. 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as part of the Mid America Union leadership team,” said VandeVere. “I am praying for the Holy Spirit’s blessing as we seek to grow and support our local church and institutional leaders in their development as godly leaders within the kingdom.”

He and his wife, Cindy, have two sons, Ryan and Steven, who is married to Lachelle. He enjoys backpacking, mountain climbing, running, reading and history.