Wahroonga, New South Wales
James Standish has announced that he is taking a leave of absence from denominational employment in the South Pacific Division (SPD) to return to the United States with his family.
As Record editor he has challenged and inspired us and at times made us uncomfortable as our Church faces challenges at this time in the world’s history—his editorials will be missed.
“I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the SPD,” Mr Standish said. “We have a terrific communication team who have made every day a joy. Really, that’s true!”
The current editor of Adventist Record also held the roles of communication director for the SPD and was also director of public affairs and religious liberty.
The Standish family will relocate to Washington, DC, where they lived before moving back to their native Australia. “I intend to spend the bulk of my time writing books and working again on legal and public policy issues. Leisa will teach and work on curriculum. If you’re interested in keeping up with our next stage, friend me on Facebook. I won’t be so far away!”
“He has been a great leader for the Church in our region,” said Tracey Bridcutt, Record copyeditor. “His editorials have challenged and inspired our members and been well-received both inside and outside of the Church. We’ll miss his enthusiasm and vision.”
Mr Standish has held the role of communication director since June 2011.
Pastor Glenn Townend, president of the SPD and consulting editor of Record, paid tribute to what Mr Standish has brought to the role since he started. “There are very few people who can do what James Standish has done for the South Pacific Division. As Record editor he has challenged and inspired us and at times made us uncomfortable as our Church faces challenges at this time in the world’s history—his editorials will be missed.
“James has also built a good team who are creative in design and writing—building this diversity has blessed them and all of us. Then James has been passionate about branding and led our Division and the GC to move to eye-catching, stylised, consistent signage. Great contributions. James will be missed,” he said.
Prior to joining the SPD, Mr Standish represented the Adventist Church to the United States government for the General Conference. He also worked for the US government as Executive director of the US Commission of International Religious Freedom, a joint body of the US Congress and White House.
“We’ve been incredibly blessed to have someone of James’s calibre working with us,” said Kent Kingston, who worked with Mr Standish on the InFocus TV program. “His experience in the halls of power—at the United Nations, the White House, the GC and the UN—have been invaluable in challenging us to expand our horizons.”
Mr Standish served on President Obama’s taskforce on interfaith dialogue and as secretary of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in New York.
Mr Standish has a Juris doctor and MBA degrees and is licensed to practice law at the US Supreme Court.
Applications for the role of SPD communication director close on Monday, May 23. Click HERE for a full job description and to apply.
Applications for the role of Record editor close on Monday, May 23. Click HERE for a full job description and to apply.