April 1, 2021, was the last official day for Pastor Roger Wade to serve as Church Ministries director for the Mid-America Union Conference, a position that includes leading Youth Ministries, Young Adult Ministries, Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs, Children’s Ministries, Prayer Ministries and Adventist Community Service outreach activities in the nine-state territory comprising MAUC.


Wade, who served in the position for two years, said he greatly enjoyed his time in Mid-America getting to know and working with a dedicated team of professionals. “I’m goin

g to missthe people,” Wade added after explaining that the reason for his departure was to “put family first.” The COVID pandemic presented many challenges and Wade’s family had not been able to make the move to Mid-America territory with him.

Some of Wade’s recent endeavors (after travel became restricted due to the pandemic) included hosting a virtual 10 Days of Prayer initiative where all six conferences in Mid-America collaborated to praise and pray together at the beginning of 2021. Wade also organized and co-hosted the virtual Mid-America Union Conference Church Ministries training event, which offered seminars on a wide variety of topics geared toward local church leaders. Participants from around the North American Division joined in this four-day event.

“We are so thankful for the stellar work that Roger accomplished during his time in Mid-America,” said MAUC president Gary Thurber. “We will sorely miss him and we wish him and his family all the best as he takes up his new ministry responsibilities.”

Wade will be serving as director of communication for the South Central Conference, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The South Central Conference serves the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and the portion of Florida lying west of the Apalachicola River. This conference is comprised of more than 29,000 members in 146 congregations and is one of eight conferences located in the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.