North American Division Announces Theology of Ordination Committee

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The North American Division [NAD] reports that it has formed the following committee to create a report on the theology of ordaining [women] to be submitted back to the NAD for review before being passed along to the General Conference. All "13 division reports will then be synthesized by the General Conference's Theology of Ordination Committee along with other material. After that, the Committee will present it to the 2014 Annual Council for a final vote."

The NAD explains: "As we looked to staff this committee, we sought for balance and different perspectives that will represent all viewpoints of the Division," said G. Alexander Bryant, NAD executive secretary. "It is our desire and hope that this group will sincerely and prayerfully give deep study from the Bible on the subject of ordination. We are looking for this committee to present its findings and conclusion to the NAD Year-end Executive Committee no later than November 2013.".

Gordon Bietz, D.Min., Chairman President of Southern Adventist University Kyoshin Ahn, Ph.D. Executive Secretary, Illinois Conference Dedrick Blue, D.Min. Pastor, Northeastern Conference JoAnn Davidson, Ph.D. Professor, Andrews University Dwight Nelson, D.Min. Pastor, Michigan Conference Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, Ph.D. Associate Professor, La Sierra University; Riverside, Calif. Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson, Ph.D. Professor, La Sierra University; Riverside, Calif. Stephen Richardson, Ph.D. Pastor, Allegheny East Conference Edwin Reynolds, Ph.D. Professor, Southern Adventist University Russell Seay, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Oakwood University Tara Vincross, M.Div. Pastor, Pennsylvania Conference Clinton Wahlen, Ph.D. Associate Director, Biblical Research Institute Ivan Williams, D.Min. Director, Ministerial Department, North American Division

It appears that almost everyone on this committee has a doctorate.

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