Updated Thursday, September 17, 2015
Albert Park, Victoria
We pray that as we look at the immense challenges we face, God will give us His grace and strength to focus on the mission of His Church.
Pastor Jorge Munoz has been named president of the Australian Union Conference (AUC).
The announcement comes as Church leaders from around the country gathered in Albert Park, Victoria, for the AUC’s three-day session this week.
Originally from Chile, Pastor Munoz has served the Church in South Queensland for many years as both a local pastor and administrator (most recently as conference president).
“I made this country my home 29 years ago, and I’m constantly encouraged by the tremendous opportunities we have here,” said Pastor Munoz following his appointment as AUC president.
“I admire the tenacity of the spirit of the people. We pray that as we look at the immense challenges we face, God will give us His grace and strength to focus on the mission of His Church.”
Pastor Jorge Munoz with his wife Liliana and two children, Maritza and Roberto. [Photo courtesy: Facebook]
South Pacific Division (SPD) president Pastor Glenn Townend said he was “very pleased” at the prospect of working closely with Pastor Munoz going forward, describing him as “a man of vision and strategic focus.”
“He has a good record of working with diverse groups of people,” added Pastor Townend. “We believe he’ll bring those skills with him and lead the Church in Australia into greater discipleship.”
Pastor Munoz replaces outgoing AUC president Pastor Chester Stanley, who announced his retirement from the role in 2014.
Pastor Ken Vogel, who will continue to serve as general secretary of the Union, presented Pastor Stanley with a citation at the end of yesterday’s meetings.
AUC general secretary Pastor Ken Vogel presents a citation to former Union president Pastor Chester Stanley and his wife Robyn.
The AUC also has a new chief financial officer (CFO), former Trans-Pacific Union Mission CFO, Francois Keet.
Mr Keet takes over the position left by Kingsley Wood, who has been offered the role of CFO for the Trans-Pacific Union Mission.
On Monday, Pastors Stanley and Vogel paid tribute to Mr Wood’s contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia.
The AUC meetings come on the heels of last week’s SPD Executive Committee meetings, held at Division headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales.