Dakota Conference Re-elects Administration
The 9th quinquennium session of the Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was held Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Dakota Adventist Academy in conjunction with Dakota Campmeeting. More than 300 delegates nominated by churches from North and South Dakota attended the session. The nominating committee met May 4, six weeks prior to the constituency, and recommended the reinstatement of all administrators and departmental directors for another 5-year term.
Registration began June 15 at 8:00 a.m. and delegates were seated shortly after 9:00 a.m. Those voted into administrative office were Conference President Neil Biloff, Vice President of Administration Loren Nelson III, and Vice President of Finance Arlo Heinrich. Department directors include Education Superintendent Gerard Ban, Senior Youth Director Elder Loren Nelson III, Children’s Ministries Leader Pastor Bradley Gienger, Ministerial Director Elder Bryce Pascoe, and Associate Treasurer Gwen Speak, and Communication Director Jacquie Biloff.
Mark Bond, communications director of the Rocky Mountain Conference, was present to operate the electronic voting which allowed for immediate tabulation of votes. Three screens were placed on stage to accommodate a capsulation video of the past five years of ministries in the conference, subjects to be voted, and other issues under question. Treasurer Tom Evans from the North American Division was present, as were representatives from the Mid-America Union, President Elder Tom Lemon, Vice President for Administration Gil Webb, Vice President for Finance Elaine Hagele, Associate Vice President for Finance Troy Peoples, and Attorney Darrel Huenergardt.
Former executive committee members who were not eligible to serve again due to term limits were given the E.G. White Encyclopedia in appreciation for their service.
The longest discussion item entailed Northern Lights Camp in North Dakota and Flag Mountain Camp in South Dakota. The delegates were pleased with the improvements done to the camps, and the conference’s long-term vision to continue to improve the facilities at each camp. Some delegates preferred improvements instead of replacement of some structures, if safety allows, for nostalgic reasons.
The meeting was dismissed with prayer for God’s continued guidance at 11:30 a.m., a total meeting time of two-and-a-half hours. Five hundred box lunches were provided for the delegates and families, employees and families, and guests, but because the session was over early many chose to head for home or eat in town. The extra food was donated to the Ruth Meier Hospitality House in Bismarck, which provides housing and supportive services to assist homeless and low income people in achieving self-sufficiency.
Don Krassin, a delegate at large, expressed his appreciation at the brevity of the meeting and the use of ‘clickers’ for voting. He also appreciated that the nominating committee met early to discuss and grapple with any issues.