Ted N. C. Wilson was elected as president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church in July 2010 during the General Conference Session in Atlanta. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland on May 10, 1950, the son of former Adventist world church President Neal C. Wilson and Elinor E. Wilson, Wilson spent part of his childhood in Egypt.
Wilson began his church career as a pastor in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference. He married Nancy Louise Vollmer Wilson, a physical therapist, in 1975. The couple has three daughters: Emille Louise, married to Pastor Kameron de Vasher; Elizabeth Esther, married to Pastor David Wright; and Catherine Anne, married to Dr. Robert Renck. The Wilsons have eight wonderful grandchildren.
Wilson served as an assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981. He went on to serve in the church’s then Africa-Indian Ocean Division, based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, until 1990. There he served as a departmental director and later as executive secretary.
Following his post in West Africa, he served for two years at the Adventist world church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, as an associate secretary. He went on to accept the position of president of the church's Euro Asia-Division in Moscow, Russia, which he held from 1992 to 1996.
Pastor Wilson returned to the United States to serve as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, until his election as an Adventist world church vice president in 2000.
An ordained minister, Pastor Wilson holds a doctoral degree in religious education from New York University, a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, and a master of science degree in public health from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Russian.
Longtime mission advocate G. T. Ng serves the Seventh-day Adventist world church as its executive secretary, a position he has held since the 2010 General Conference Session. Previously, Ng worked as an associate secretary for the world church, where he oversaw the Church’s Northern Asia-Pacific, Southern Asia, and Trans-European divisions.
Ng’s denominational service began in the 1970s in Cambodia, where ministry in the war-torn country first kindled his enthusiasm for mission. Shortly before Phnom Penh fell to Khmer Rouge forces, Ng and his wife, Ivy, were evacuated from Cambodia. Later, Ng served in Thailand, Malaysia, and his native Singapore, where he served as a pastor, health educator and regional department director.
For much of the 1990s, Ng served as professor and dean of the Theological Seminary at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in the Philippines. In 2000, Ng accepted a call to serve as the executive secretary of the church’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division.
Ng moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2004 to serve as associate secretary of the Adventist world church. Ng spurred numerous church membership audits, challenging church officials worldwide to reconcile membership tallies with actual church attendance. He also encouraged missionaries to serve in regions of acute need, including the 10/40 Window – a region spanning from West Africa across Asia and covering two-thirds of the world’s population where only 1 percent is Christian.
Ng holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Asia Union College in Singapore. His post-graduate work includes a master’s degree from the Adventist Theological Seminary in the Philippines and a Ph.D. from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Ng and his wife have two married children, Jocelyn and Mervyn.
Robert E Lemon, elected as Treasurer of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 2002, has served in various treasury functions over the years. Born in Kongolo, Zaire to missionary parents, mission has always been his passion. He was ordained in 1978.
Lemon began his work for the church in 1972 as an accountant for the Hackettstown Community Hospital in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He returned to the place of his birth in 1974 serving as an auditor for the Zaire Union and then treasurer of the union located in Lubumbashi, Zaire. In 1982 he relocated to the Africa-Indian Ocean Division (now the West-Central Africa Division), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, as an assistant treasurer.
Following mission service in Africa, Lemon returned to the North American Division in 1985 where he served as chief accountant at Andrews University, where he also earned a master's degree in Business Administration. He then served as treasurer of the Alberta Conference and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. In 1995 he joined the treasury office of the Adventist world church as associate treasurer and undertreasurer before his election as Treasurer in 2002.
Lemon is married to Sherry. The couple has two grown children and three energetic grandsons.
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