Pastor Cristian Copaceanu has been named the new president for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South New South Wales (SNSW).
The appointment comes after current president Pastor Michael Faber announced he would follow God’s call back into local ministry in the new year.
“It has been a privilege to serve the SNSW Conference in my role as president for the last seven years,” said Pastor Faber. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to the members and the pastoral team of the Conference for the support that was given to me. May God continue to bless His work in this part of Australia, and I wish Pastor Copaceanu God’s richest blessings as he takes over the leadership for this Conference.”
Pastor Copaceanu, who grew up in Sydney, ministered in local churches in Victoria and North New South Wales before accepting a call to further develop the Faith FM radio network for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (AUC). Over the past three years, he has served as the director for Personal Ministries, Sabbath School and Stewardship at the AUC, but said he was excited about the new opportunity for ministry.
“We are humbled by the invitation to serve in the SNSW Conference and look forward to supporting pastors and churches in fulfilling the mission God has placed on their hearts to reach souls for His kingdom,” said Pastor Copaceanu.
Pastor Copaceanu’s passion lies in evangelism, both personal and corporate. He has been involved with at least one evangelistic campaign every year of his ministry as well as regularly ministering to those in the community around the family dinner table. He appreciates exploring creative and innovative ways to share the best news ever told and is excited to enable others to experience the joy of sharing their faith.
“We wish Pastor Faber and his wife Doris God’s blessings as they embrace this new ministry opportunity in the northern part of the South Queensland Conference,” said AUC president Pastor Jorge Munoz. “But at the same time, we would like to welcome Pastor Copaceanu, his wife Erika and their daughters Kaytlin and Sienna to the SNSW Conference. We are excited about what God will do through his ministry as he consolidates the work that is taking place in this Conference.”
Pastor Copaceanu will officially begin his new role in January next year.