Pastor Michael Sikuri was appointed president of the South New Zealand Conference of Seventh-day Adventists at their constituency meeting, held in Christchurch on 29-30 October. The recommendation from the nominating committee came as something of a surprise to many at the meeting, including Pastor Sikuri himself.
“Like many in Scripture, I felt inadequate as things seemed to happen so quickly,” he said in an email to Adventist Record. “Following much prayer and consultation our response was to let the Lord speak through the process. Having accepted the Lord’s will my family and I now walk by faith, holding onto God’s promise to be with us always.”
Pastor Sikuri has been serving the South New Zealand Conference as Ministerial Association Secretary and pastor of the Bishopdale congregation. Prior to that he worked for the Adventist Church in Fiji in a variety of roles for the Trans-Pacific Union Mission and local Fiji Mission. His experience incorporates administration, media and chaplaincy as well as pastoral roles. Hailing from the Fijian island of Rotuma, Pastor Sikuri is believed to be the first Pasifika president for the South New Zealand Conference.
"Following much prayer and consultation our response was to let the Lord speak through the process."
His predecessor, Pastor Damien Rice, served two terms as conference president, beginning in 2012, and will be the lead pastor for Garden City and also care for communications and special projects.