President's Post

September 2019

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One thing a person like myself, having come from the northern part of the U.S., discovers here in the Gulf States is the heat. It has been a hot summer! When I step out of the house at 7:00 am, the heat built up in my garage is an unmistakable sign that outside is going to be hot. Wouldn’t it be exciting if our churches were a place where the heat was built up inside? When you opened the front door, you could feel the heat of the Holy Spirit, and you would know as you enter the sanctuary that it was even hotter because tongues of fire had ascended upon all in there. Instead, people talk about how cold churches are and how you could ice skate down the center aisle. If people today talk about heat in the church, it’s self-manufactured sensationalism that in the end leaves people cold. I’m not sure we have experienced the real heat that the Holy Spirit brings with Him when He resides in our churches. It’s a heat that causes everyone to share Jesus and the hope He brings to our lives. It’s a fire that is lit inside our hearts, and we will live a life representative of Jesus because He is truly living inside of us. Others see it and want the same experience. I love Elijah’s experience on Mt. Carmel when the fire fell!!

“Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, ‘The Lord, he is God; the Lord he is God.’” 1 Kings 18:38,39

Leite Ordained to Gospel Ministry

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We ordained Fernando Leite to the Gospel Ministry. It was a time of acknowledging the call upon Pastor Fernando’s life and was a high Sabbath for both him and us. The speaker for the day was an elder from Pastor Fernando’s previous district in Texas. He spoke with passion and love for Jesus. He credited Pastor Fernando for helping him learn how to preach. What a blessing to the church. Pastor Fernando is one of the best strategic planning pastors we have. He scripts every day and follows his God given plans. We are blessed to have Pastor Fernando in our conference.

2019 Prayer Summit

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I attended the Prayer Summit at Schocco Springs. Pastor Michal Rodriquez was the guest speaker. He powerfully delivered messages of hope. Prayer is always the centerpiece at the summit. Prayer is offered, and it’s a blessing to see so many praying earnestly for their church. You can watch the presentations from the summit at

Following the Prayer Summit, Joyce Russell stepped down as the Director of Prayer Ministries for the Gulf States Conference. She has been such a blessing to our conference, and I always enjoyed our conversations together. Joyce has recommended someone, and we are following up on that person at this time.

Reflections on the Gospel

Reflections on the Gospel - Series Promotion

The Gospel weekend in Birmingham was a success. Elder Brian Danese brings an incredible picture of the Gospel. If you have not heard his presentation, please make that a priority. We are traveling around the conference teaching “The Gospel” each month and should be in your area sometime in the future. Watch for the advertising for the upcoming events and view previously recorded sessions on our website at I believe at the time of this President’s Post Elder Danese will be in the Fairhope church presenting a Gospel weekend.

Until next time,


Gospel Weekend - Reflections on the Gospel with Brian Danese

Thursday, Sep. 12th, 6pm to Saturday, Sep. 14th, 4pm

22886 U.S. 98

Fairhope, AL

Elder Brian Danese, VP of Finance and Church Development for Gulf States Conference, will be presenting this vital series on understanding the Gospel. You won't want to miss it.

"The Everlasting Gospel" - Thursday night at 6:00 PM
"The Gospel as a Center of Conflict" - Friday night at 6:00 PM
"The Pronoun Trap" - Sabbath Morning. The greatest hindrance to the gospel message at 9:15 AM
"The Gospel" - Sabbath Morning. A look at Paul's understanding of the gospel message at 11:00 AM
"Better Promises" - Sabbath Afternoon. A study of the covenants.

Digital Evangelism

Saturday, Sep. 28th, 9:30am

3001 Whitesburg Drive

Huntsville, AL

Come and be introduced to the use of social media, photography, videography, story-telling, design, and other things digital, for outreach and evangelism.

Pastor Shane Hochstetler, Communication Director for the Gulf States Conference, holds a BA in Art and Graphic Design with over ten years of experience in design and marketing. His passion is to present the real character of God appealingly, utilizing the most effective marketing and communication tools.

Shane will present several short presentations on a variety of subjects, offering additional resources for further development.

Learn more at

Digital Evangelism

Saturday, Oct. 5th, 11am

6258 Mississippi 39

Meridian, MS

Possibilities Ministry: Aspergers, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9:30am-2pm

6258 Mississippi 39

Meridian, MS

Join Larry R Evans, DMin, Assistant to the President - Special Needs Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, as he shares how we are all created in the image of God regardless of our limitations. You are a possibility.

How can we best reach and teach those with Aspergers, ADHD, or are on the Autism Spectrum? Come and learn with us.

Reid Soria - "Autism Sings" - will have a spiritual concert in the afternoon, and his mother will share what it was like raising a child on the Autism Spectrum.

Office of the President

The President guides the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church here at the Gulf States Conference Office in Montgomery, Alabama. He serves on various organization boards operated by the church, and lends leadership to mission, evangelism, educational, and humanitarian strategies.