Union president to retire

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Pastor Jerry Matthews has announced his retirement from his position as president of the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC).

“It was with a twinge of sadness that I announced to our staff in the [Union] office this morning that I will be retiring next month,” said Pastor Matthews in an email statement. The NZPUC oversees the Adventist Church’s operations in New Zealand, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island.
 

It was with a twinge of sadness that I announced to our staff in the [Union] office this morning that I will be retiring next month.

Pastor Jerry Matthews.

Pastor Matthews has been serving in the role as NZPUC president since 2005. During his 25 years of full-time ministry, Pastor Matthews has worked in a number of church administrative roles, including general secretary of Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission in Papua New Guinea and president of the North New Zealand Conference.

Prior to entering the ministry, Pastor Matthews also worked as a literature evangelist in his home state of Queensland.

Pastor Matthews acknowledged that retirement would take some time getting used to. “It is uncharted territory for me,” he said. “[But] I am looking forward to spending lots more time with [my wife] Cheryl, doing the things together that we haven’t had time to do up to now.”

Pastor Matthews and Cheryl have three adult children.