New SPD field secretary appointed

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Wahroonga, New South Wales

Theology lecturer Dr Graeme Humble was appointed as the South Pacific Division’s (SPD) field secretary at recent year-end meetings in Sydney, Australia. Dr Humble currently heads up the School of Theology at Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

[The Humbles'] contribution to the life and work of the church in PNG in pastoral, administrative and academic leadership has been appreciated and they will be remembered.

“Graeme and Kay Humble have made a significant contribution to PNG over many years,” said Dr Leigh Rice, president of the Adventist Church in PNG. “Some missionaries come once and stay a short or longer time. Few come a second time. Almost no one does a third period of mission service in PNG. The Humbles fall into this unique category. Their contribution to the life and work of the church in PNG in pastoral, administrative and academic leadership has been appreciated and they will be remembered.”
 


Graeme and his wife Kay with their grandson.

Dr Graeme Humble will replace Dr David Tasker as field secretary for the SPD. Dr Tasker has accepted a senior lecturer position at Avondale College of Higher Education’s School of Ministry and Theology. He was enthusiastic about the appointment, describing Old Testament studies as his “passion”. Dr Tasker, who in recent years has overseen the SPD Biblical Research Committee’s study of ordination, expressed his hope that the role of field secretary might undergo a change under the leadership of Dr Humble, who is one of only a few Adventist leaders in the SPD with doctorate-level qualifications in missiology. 

“The field secretary position needs to have a change of focus—it has to be more healthy,” said Dr Tasker, expressing frustration at the pressure he’s felt to be “a hunter of heretics and defender of the faith” in the course of dealing with internal theological debates. “We should be about making our message intelligible to all levels of society,” he said.