Texico Conference Constituency: Lee-Roy Chacon Re-elected as President
Texico Conference Quadrennial Constituency Session Report
By Debbie Márquez, Texico Conference communication director
Albuquerque, N. Mex. » The Texico Conference held its 41st quadrennial constituency session on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the Albuquerque Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church where delegates met to elect officers for the 2017-2021 quadrennial term. In attendance were 301 regular delegates and delegates-at-large. The session's theme was "Celebrating God's Goodness." The following were elected to serve for the next four years: Lee-Roy Chacon, president; Phil Robertson, executive secretary/treasurer, Derral Reeve, education superintendent; and Jeff Metherell, estate planning/religious liberty/stewardship. Upon his re-election as president, Chacon stated, "It is always a privilege to serve the Lord. With humbleness, I commit myself wholeheartedly to the Lord's task to make sure God's Kingdom is enhanced here at the Texico Conference."
Prior to the opening of the session, the organizing committee met to nominate the nominating committee and the constitution and bylaws committee in order to present names to the delegates for their approval once the constituency session was called to order. The morning began with a devotional message from Jorge Rico, professor of theology at Southwestern Adventist University. Rico challenged the delegates to focus on the future while celebrating the blessings of the past. "My challenge to you constituents, leaders, delegates of your respective churches and institutions, is to not dwell on past defeats and challenges but to focus on the victories and use those past challenges to grow and move forward," said Rico.
Delegates voted to accept the Albuquerque La Roca Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church into the sisterhood of churches officially changing their status from that of a company to a church.
The report from the administration was presented through a video that highlighted departmental ministry activities and evangelistic efforts that took place throughout the Texico Conference over the past four years. The video also featured commentary from Southwestern Union officers, including Larry R. Moore, president; Minner Labrador, Jr., D.Min., vice president for church ministries/director of stewardship/ministerial/men's ministries; and Eduardo Canales, vice president for evangelism/director of multi-cultural and personal ministries. Roderick D. H. Cowley, of General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS), presented the auditor's report, highlighting the excellent work by the treasury department that resulted in a very positive audit opinion.
Ken Shaw, president of Southwestern Adventist University, gave an informative report about future plans for its new nursing and administration facility and stated that the Texico Conference is very supportive of Southwestern. Shaw was pleased to report that the university is in good standing financially and has seen many blessings in recent years.
Southwestern Union President Larry R. Moore stated that he felt the Spirit of the Lord had led throughout the session and asked Helvis Moody, prayer coordinator and young adult/youth director for the Southwestern Union, to offer a special prayer of dedication for the officers and the executive committee. The constituency session adjourned at approximately 12:30 p.m.