New president for Tasmanian Conference
Pastor Gary Webster has accepted a call to become president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tasmania.
His appointment to the Tasmanian Conference fills the role left by Pastor Darren Slade, who was named Northern Australia Conference president in December.
Pastor Webster has worked for the Church for almost 30 years in various roles, including church administrator, evangelist and theology lecturer.
More recently, he was part of the Adventist Media team as editor of Archaeological Diggings. Prior to this, he served as president of the South New South Wales Conference. He will continue in his role as director of the Institute of Public Evangelism.
“My wife Merilyn and I count it as a great privilege to be called to team up with our members and pastors in Tasmania in making disciples of Jesus,” says Pastor Webster. “However with only about one Adventist in every 500 people, it is an enormous challenge. Far too big for any of us but definitely not for God. When the Holy Spirit comes on God’s people, He can accomplish more in an hour than we could in 50 years.”
He quotes John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.”
“As a church, we have many great plans and programs to reach people for Christ, but since revival is the key to our disciple-making mission, I intend to make seeking this our number one priority in Tasmania.”
“I’d like to thank Gary for his work in both areas and more generally around the office as a real team player and someone who is passionate about spreading the good news of Christ’s soon return,” says Adventist Media CEO Kalvin Dever. “I have no doubt he will continue this as he leads the team in Tasmania.”
Australian Union Conference president, Pastor Jorge Munoz, said Pastor Webster's appointment is exciting news for the Church in Australia.
“Gary comes to the role with a great deal of experience in all areas of ministry, and we will all benefit from his experience and wisdom,” said Pastor Munoz. “We welcome Gary to the team, and we pray God may bless him and Merilyn abundantly as he continues to work for Him in Tassie.”