G. Alexander Bryant Named North American Division President

On July 9, 2020, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Executive Committee met virtually to receive the name of G. Alexander Bryant, the recommendation for division president, from both the North American Division’s nominating committee and executive committee. Bryant was confirmed in a vote of 153 to 5.

Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president and, as policy indicates for the vote of division president, chair of the NAD nominating and executive committees held on July 6 and July 7, said, “I'm looking forward to a renewed focus on the three angels' messages and I believe that Elder Bryant can help lead in that great adventure, because that is what is entrusted to each of us. [He] is a mission-focused individual. He is someone who is a careful listener to people. He will take [these cares] to the Lord and ask for guidance. … I believe that God can use him in a very, very special way.”

“I am first indebted to God for His call to ministry and secondly to those who have poured into my life over the years," said Bryant in response to the vote. “I am deeply humbled by the confidence Elder Wilson, our chair, and the NAD and GC executive committees have placed in me with this assignment. This task is too big for one individual or office. It is abundantly clear to me that it takes all of us working together to advance God's kingdom and I just deeply covet your prayers.”

He added, “I ask for my wife and for myself — that you would continue to lift us up daily as we will you. … Hopefully, by our efforts together, we can hasten the coming of the Lord through our mission work throughout our territory and beyond; and Jesus will come and we can go home.”

Wilson affirmed the decision for NAD president, saying, “Alex, we will place you in prayer — that God will be with you and Desiree and your family as you take up these new responsibilities in a powerful way. … I know he will have a tremendous evangelistic imprint on North America for the future and it'll be a privilege to collaborate with him on that.”

All world division executive officers serve as elected officers of the GC and their nomination and election by the region they represent must be approved by the General Conference Executive Committee. The division's nominating committee is termed a standing committee. It was appointed by the NAD Executive Committee in 2015. During the past five years the nominating committee has recommended the names of individuals to the executive committee for vote in order to fill division vacancies.

Following an outlined process disclosed earlier, the division’s nominating committee met on July 6 and selected the name of Bryant, which was presented and voted on by the NAD Executive Committee on July 7. Bryant’s name was sent as a recommendation to the GC Executive Committee. All meetings were held virtually via Zoom with a previously-used electronic voting process.

Bryant replaces Daniel R. Jackson, who served at the NAD headquarters since his election in June 2010 at the GC Session in Atlanta, Georgia, and reelection in 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, until his retirement on July 1, 2020. The search process for a new executive secretary has begun.

Glenward Alexander (“Alex”) Bryant most recently served as executive secretary of the NAD and associate secretary of the GC, positions he’s held since October 2008 when elected at the GC Annual Council in Manila, Philippines. Bryant was reelected at the 2010 GC Session. While serving as the division’s secretary, Bryant conducted leadership seminars, training and orientation of conference executive officers; organized a division-wide diversity summit; coordinated the digitalization of the NAD Secretariat; and conducted annual evangelistic series.

Before coming to the division, Bryant served as the president of the Central States Conference in Kansas City, Kansas.

Bryant graduated with a double major in Theology and Business Administration from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in 1982.

He began his ministry that same year in Springfield, Missouri, and Coffeyville and Independence, Kansas. In 1986, Bryant was ordained, and he continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 1988. The Central States Conference voted Bryant to serve as Youth/Pathfinders/National Service Organization director, Temperance director, and superintendent of Education in 1990. He became president in 1997.

In addition to pastoring several churches early in his career, Bryant also served as a student missionary to Japan for one year. During his college years, Bryant’s administrative abilities helped him serve as the Adventist Youth director at Oakwood College and the Black Students Association of the Seminary (BSAS) president at Andrews University.

Bryant is the second African American elected to serve as NAD president. Charles E. Bradford, the division’s first president, was also African American. Previous division presidents include Alfred C. McClure, Don C. Schneider, and Daniel R. Jackson.

He is married to the former Desiree Wimbish, who served as associate superintendent of Education for the Potomac Conference, superintendent of Education for Central States Conference, as well as former principal of the V. Lindsay Seventh-day Adventist School in Kansas City, Kansas. Desiree currently serves as assistant director and projects coordinator for Adventist Education in the NAD. The Bryants have three adult children and three grandchildren.


On July 9, 2020 G. Alexander Bryant was elected the fifth president of the North American Division (NAD) of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. NAD Communication director Daniel Weber sat down with Bryant and discussed his new role and what events in his life impacted his ministry. They also discussed mission and future of the NAD. Watch the video interview with Bryant below (or click here) about his education, early years in ministry, and his hopes for his current role as NAD president.


This article originally appeared on the NAD website and is reprinted here with permission.

Image: G. Alexander Bryant, North American Division president. Photo by Dan Weber, courtesy of the NAD.

Editor's Note: This article was updated on July 9 at 3:05 p.m. (EDT) to reflect that the vote was 153-5.


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Congratulations Dr. Bryant. Looking forward to your leadership. Prayers and blessings!


Congratulations, indeed. Apologies ahead of time for the negativity, but what was the rationale for the opposition votes? I know there were only 5, but still.

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Congratulations…and Godspeed in the days and years to come!

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Wilson was probably one of the 5.


Nice laugh, cdat! :wink:


Maybe he has special voting rights and all five were actually from him alone!!!.. :innocent: :laughing:


Interview with Alex Bryant:

It strikes me as a positive thing that the GC reported a real vote total - not just a claim that it was unanimous. There’s been too much pretending that there’s unanimity when obviously people are likely to have different views. And there wouldn’t need to be a particular reason that five people voted against. The way these committee decisions work in the Adventist Church (as I understand it) is that a name is proposed and it’s an up or down yes/no vote (rather than having the committee choose between two or more names). Those five may simply have had a different candidate in mind. 153-5 is an overwhelming total, so no one need feel bad that he received less than a full mandate. I hope he is as successful, considerate, and inclusive as his predecessor.


@Bobort, since it’s a simple yes/no vote and is anonymous, no one can know for sure why 5 individuals voted no unless they choose to discuss it themselves. But these types of votes are very rarely unanimous, no matter the item being voted.


About 3% … There have been “slighly” closer votes at the GC… In other words - This one IS a sign of unity.

This is what happens when the interview is conducted by a PR man rather than a journalist. The obvious questions that should have been asked are: What do you plan on accomplishing as NAD president? What are the top three priorities you will focus on as NAD president? What are the work expectations the NAD constituency can rightly expect you to meet as NAD president?

In the long history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, no newly-elected administrator has ever answered simple questions like these. Consequently, our expectations of newly-elected administrators such as President Bryant remain extremely low. We expect him to sit at his desk four days a week, to preside, to administer, to talk to people, and to attend meetings. But we do not expect him to actually accomplish anything.

It would be refreshing if he were to provide a detailed outline of his goals and objectives. Maybe he will. But most likely he won’t.


You are so right Phil. Actually, I support having several candidates who would present their governing (leadership) plan before a vote is actually taken.

The interview informed us about who he is, what he accomplished in the past, and so on. Nothing about plans of action. I hope he will soon come up with something, because that’s what the Denomination needs;… but my expectation is not much higher than what was already said about him…


153-5. An overwhelming reflection that almost everybody is afraid to be branded as white supremasist.

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The most pertinent penetrating questions for this new leader:

What are your plans for ending the demeaning discrimination of our clergywomen and allowing them FULL PARTICIPATION in the administrative work of our division ??

What positive steps are you going to take to end the demeaning discrimination of the 5% of our church community who are LGBT ??

How obsequious and subservient are you going to be to the GC President ??


I don’t think that’s the brand they fear. But I could be wrong. The brand they fear is TWAK. The K stands for kisser BTW

G. A. Bryant as NAD president might just be a deliberate action to show the world how fair adventists are.

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I wish him all the best!! It’s discrimination against 53% of the SDA membership that bothers me. Not that the other groups are not worthy of attention, it’s the 53% gorilla in the room. But that’s just me

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I would have asked him questions about the racially-segregated conference structure, women in ministry (particularly women’s ordination), what he plans to do to remedy NAD’s anemic growth rate, social justice (although he vaguely spoke about this without using the term “social justice”), what his plans are to support our colleges and universities (particularly Oakwood University which is under NAD control), and what comparative advantage his degree in business administration provides him in his new role.

I would have also asked him about his religious beliefs and whether he believes in certain heresies such as Last Generation Theology and Eternal Functional Subordinationism.

I would have also asked him some Sarah Palin questions. What newspapers do you read? What are the titles of the last three books you have read? Etc.

And I would have asked him some “futurist” questions. In the age of Covid-19, why should any of us ever attend church again, given that we can just watch it online? Why does the church waste millions of dollars sending us stuff in the mail rather than posting that stuff online? Do you fear that a Waco tragedy will eventually occur as a result of the actions of a member in good standing? Do you fear that eventually Southern Poverty Law Center will certify a Seventh-day Adventist as a hate extremist, given some of the hateful rhetoric posted online by certain Seventh-day Adventists? What should be done to address the epidemic of Seventh-day Adventists reading crap, which is probably more harmful than smoking, drinking alcohol, or eating meat, and as result becoming more unhinged from factual reality?

In sum, I would have tried to elicit answers that indicate the range of his mental and spiritual prowess. He seems like a nice guy, whatever that’s worth.


The idea of a black woman as NAD president might have came up and they decided it would be too much.

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