The Adventist World Radio (AWR) board of directors recently elected pastor Dowell Chow as the new president of Adventist World Radio. Pastor Chow replaced Dr Benjamin Schoun, who has served as president for the past eight years.
Pastor Chow has filled the role of AWR vice president for finance since 2005. He is noted for his wide administrative experience, including positions as chief financial officer/treasurer of the Columbia Union Conference in Maryland, president of the New Jersey Conference, stewardship and trust services director as well as senior pastor in Puerto Rico, and publishing house administrator in Venezuela, among many other roles over the years.
While working at AWR during the past several years, I have come to learn what a unique, passionate, exciting ministry it is.
He served on several boards of directors in the area, including Washington Adventist University, Adventist Health, and Washington Adventist Hospital, and additional health entities in New Jersey.
Chow says, “While working at AWR during the past several years, I have come to learn what a unique, passionate, exciting ministry it is. I relish the excitement of developing new projects, and my aim is to build on what Ben has done in the field and keep moving ahead. AWR has diversified its offerings, such as a much greater FM radio presence and incredibly extensive podcasting, and we need to pursue that even further.”
At the recent General Conference Session, Schoun was elected as one of the general vice presidents of the General Conference, where his portfolio includes becoming the new chair of AWR’s board. He will also be advising and overseeing departments such as Education, Communication, and Stewardship; chairing the boards of Andrews University and the International Board of Theological Education; and serving as vice chair of the boards of Hope TV, Adventist Review and Adventist World.
One of his main roles in filling these responsibilities will be to coordinate the church’s various media initiatives, with the goal of creating greater synergy through joint planning and use of resources.
Schoun says, “I wish Dowell well in his new position. Dowell and I have worked together at various times through the years, and I have a lot of confidence in his leadership. AWR has been one of my favorite assignments in my professional life. It is a positive, inspiring, and compelling work to reach out to people who have never heard of the hope in Jesus Christ. I want to thank the great team of colleagues who work at AWR for the fine work they have done, and express appreciation to the board, which has been supportive of our visions for growth and expansion. I am thankful that my ties to AWR are not completely cut, and that I will still be able to cheer this ministry onward as I chair its board.”
AWR senior vice president Greg Scott says, “AWR has benefited tremendously from Ben’s leadership and has experienced significant growth during his time with us, from adding approximately 50 new languages to investing in a new podcasting service that expands AWR’s ministry to every corner of the world. We look forward to continued innovation and development under Dowell’s new leadership.”