Pastor David Butcher will take up his first presidential post in the South Australian Conference in 2017.
Although the announcement had already been made to the Church in South Australia, a regional Sabbath meeting held at Adelaide’s beachside suburb of Seaton on October 15 was the first opportunity for many members to see Pastor Butcher in action.
I believe that as Seventh-day Adventist Christians our greatest need is personal revival and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Only then can we fully partner with God and fulfil our mission.
Following the day’s theme of “Identity”, Pastor Butcher preached on the links between the messages of Elijah, John the Baptist and the remnant church of the last days. Pastor Butcher currently heads up the personal ministries and Sabbath School departments for the Victorian Conference, as well as pastoring the Nunawading church.
“Megan and I are humbled to accept the call to serve alongside the church members in South Australia,” he said. “Together we have an enormous challenge ahead, as well as incredible possibilities. I believe that as Seventh-day Adventist Christians our greatest need is personal revival and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Only then can we fully partner with God and fulfil our mission. The gospel is only ‘good news’ if people receive it on time.”
The regional worship service also provided the opportunity for the Church to honour their outgoing president, Pastor Andrew Kingston, who is retiring after 42 years of denominational employment. Pastor Kingston served as a local church pastor (Victoria, South New Zealand and New South Wales), a theology lecturer (Sonoma, Papua New Guinea), a school chaplain (Lilydale), a youth director at conference, union and division levels, and a president (Solomon Islands Mission) prior to his current role in the South Australian Conference. A citation plaque recognising Pastor Kingston and his wife Janette’s ministry and years of service was presented during the Sabbath program on behalf of the South Australian Conference and Australian Union Conference.