New president for Northern Australia

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Cairns, Queensland

Pastor Darren Slade has been named president of the Northern Australian Conference (NAC).

Pastor Slade had been serving as president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tasmania, a role he stepped into at the beginning of 2011.

His appointment to the NAC fills the role left by Pastor Brett Townend, who accepted a call to become South Queensland Conference president in October.

Pastor Slade grew up on a farm in Esperance, Western Australia. After completing his Theology degree at Avondale College, he served for eight years in various churches around Adelaide (South Australia) and three years in Melbourne (Victoria).

The former auto-electrician spent two years serving as a senior pastor in Mildura prior to accepting a call to become Tasmanian Conference president.

During his 18 years of ministry, Pastor Slade has also been involved in school chaplaincy work, Pathfinders and public evangelism. He is passionate about discipleship, as evidenced by his personal motto: “to know Jesus, and make Him known.”