REGINA, SK – On April 10, 2016, at the Thirty-Fourth Regular Session (Fifth Quadrennial Session) of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference, David Ripley was elected as the next President of the conference after Ron Nelson’s decision to retire.
“Due to concerns for my health, we have chosen not to let our names stand for consideration of continued service,” explains Ron Nelson, outgoing President. “I fully support Elder Dave and Lynn Ripley as they assume this new role in their ministry. I personally have been blessed by their wisdom and passion for ministry and I know God will use them for His cause.”
David Ripley recently served as Ministerial Director in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. His primary task was to support and train pastors across the continent of Asia. He has a wide range of experience at the local level, as well as at the conference level. In addition to holding multiple pastoral and administrative positions, he is also a published author. Lynn Ripley, his wife, will join David in ministry. She served as Associate Ministerial Secretary alongside her husband in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. The couple hopes to continue to help the growth of the church in the Manitoba-Saskatchewan area.
“It will be important for the conference to do all it can to assure the local church is a healthy discipleship community because that is where most of God’s miracles happen when lives are changed for the better and people are introduced to Jesus,” says David Ripley.
“I know David Ripley as a man of God and an excellent leader,” says Mark Johnson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. “I believe that Elder Ripley will be very instrumental in continuing to build on the excellent achievements of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan conference.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Manitoba and Saskatchewan comprises approximately 44 congregations, including church plant groups and companies. Their mission is to carry out the commission of Christ to lead people to salvation in Jesus, teach them Biblical faith and the Christian lifestyle, equip them to serve their churches and communities with their God-given abilities, and prepare them to meet the soon-coming Lord.