NEWLY ELECTED SUD PRESIDENT: John Rathinaraj [photo: Steve Oxley]Elected as Southern Asia Division’s president during the church’s Annual Council meeting on October 12 in Manila, John Rathinaraj is coming to this position with a wealth of leadership experience in that region.
—Written with reporting assistance by SUD executive secretary Gordon Christo and ANN.
NEWLY ELECTED EUD PRESIDENT: (From right) Christiane and Bruno Vertallier accept congratulations from Kari and Jan Paulsen. Jan Paulsen is president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. [photo: Courtesy of EUD]Vertallier, 60, speaks four languages—French, English, German, and Spanish—and in 1993 earned a doctor of ministry degree in practical theology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States. He has served as a pastor in France, youth director for the Indian Ocean Union in Madagascar, a teacher of practical theology at Salève Adventist University in France, and president of the South France Conference. He was EUD’s Ministerial Association secretary from 2004 until his recent election to division president.
NEWLY ELECTED WAD PRESIDENT: Gilbert WariWari has been serving as WAD secretary since 2002. Previous to that he was communication director for the Central African Union, and president of the Central-South Cameroon Mission. He has also served as a departmental director for the North Cameroon Mission and as a teacher.
—With reporting assistance by Verna Francis, WAD.