The British Union Executive Committee yesterday placed a call to the North England Conference for the services of Pastor Desmond Rafferty to serve as Principal of the Adventist Discovery Centre (ADC) based at the British Union office in Watford.Pastor Rafferty is currently the minister of the Barnsley and Doncaster churches but his background in media and communication was one of the things that encouraged the British Union Executive Committee to select Pastor Rafferty as a man who can help develop a vision for the ADC.Pastor Rafferty has previously served as Communication sponsor for the North England Conference and has a qualification in Media Studies from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.
Pastor Don McFarlane stated that Pastor Rafferty
is both a man who understands the media and how it relates to the church as well as having a good grasp of doctrine.
...Talking to Pastor Rafferty this morning he said, "It is both humbling and challenging to be asked to serve in this capacity and to build on the excellent accomplishments of all of my predecessors.
I earnestly solicit the prayers and support from members and friends of the church as we seek to engage hearts and minds for God's Kingdom.To borrow some now famous words, 'What we do today will echo in eternity'".Subject to acceptance of the call by the NEC
Executive Committee, Pastor Rafferty
will take over responsibility for the ADC
from Pastor Michael Hamilton who was recently called to serve as Sabbath School
and Personal Ministries director for the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church