Pastor Lionel Smith has resigned as secretary of the South Pacific Division (SPD) for personal reasons, effective September 30.
Pastor Smith has served in the role since 2014; his accomplishments have included restructuring the Division Secretariat, and chairing both the Literature Evangelism Ministry Refocus Committee and the Papua New Guinea Union Mission Survey Commission for better governance. Prior to working at the Division he spent a decade serving in the Western Australian Conference, most recently as Conference secretary. He also served the Church in Papua New Guinea for 13 years.
SPD president Pastor Glenn Townend acknowledged Pastor Smith’s service to the Division. “Lionel has skills and abilities that God has used to benefit others,” he said. “He has always focused on supporting the marginalised. I wish Lionel God’s full blessings in his future endeavours.”