Top Seventh-day Adventist administrators and board members of the Inter-American Division (IAD) Executive Committee concluded its church business meetings this week with a commitment to expand the church further and with a vote of gratitude for the visionary leadership of Pastor Israel Leito. Pastor Leito served as president in the IAD for over 24 years. The two-day meetings ended on mar. 27, 2018, at the IAD Headquarters in Miami, Florida.
“We are thankful for the ministry of Pastor Leito, a ministry that has been very important part of all of us,” said Pastor Elie Henry, executive secretary of the church in Inter-America and newly recommended to take the presidency position. “The entire board has been marked by his leadership and we thank God for that and we will continue to help the church grow.”
Growth for Inter-America stands at 3,787,546 church members in 22, 421 churches and congregations, organized in 150 conferences and missions in 24 unions, or major church regions as of Dec. 2017, reported Henry.
“Our Division continues to thrive as it keeps growing,” said Henry as he reported that more than 168,000 were baptized last year throughout the territory. Henry reported the ongoing progress of the membership audits across the IAD and updated data of the 22,588 workers in the church’s employee records system.