New president appointed for French Polynesia Mission

New FPM president Pastor Hiro Itchner (right) and his family.

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The New Zealand Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee appointed Pastor Hiro Itchner as the new president of the French Polynesia Mission (FPM) in November 2023, following a decision by Pastor Roger Tetuanui to retire after 13 years in the role.

NZPUC president Pastor Eddie Tupa’i thanked Pastor Tetuanui for his “committed and faithful 13 years of leadership for the French Polynesia Mission” and a total of 22 years of service to the Church. “May God bless and continue to use Pastor Roger and his wife Liliane for His glory as they move towards retirement, and a new season of ministry,” added Pastor Tupa’i. 

Serving as ministerial association secretary since 2021, Pastor Itchner graduated in theology from Fulton Adventist University College in 2007, starting in full-time ministry at the French Polynesia Mission in January 2008 as field pastor. 

“I ask that we all pray for God’s abundant grace and strength to be with Pastor Hiro, his wife Valea, and their children Ravahere and Hovav in this new ministry season,” said Pastor Tupa’i. 

According to Pastor Itchner, he considered his appointment prayerfully before accepting the call. “I realised that this appointment was not only a testimony of the confidence placed in me, but also an opportunity to contribute positively to the spiritual life of the Adventist community in French Polynesia. Accepting this mission involves being ready to face challenges, to work closely with the community and to strive for the spiritual well-being of all,” he said.

Pastor Itchner started the new role on January 2 and is “determined to serve with dedication and compassion.” He is working on strategic plans and goals to “strengthen faith and cohesion within the Adventist community in FPM.”

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