The world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is abuzz with preparations for the upcoming General Conference Session.
The 60th meeting of its kind in the 152-year history of the denomination will take place in San Antonio, Texas and will see as many as 60,000 people from more than 170 countries gather in the Alamodome.
IAD President Pastor Israel Leito (left) congratulates and officially names Inter-America’s Super Bible Boom Winner Waylon Johnson of the Atlantic Caribbean Union as a youth delegate to attend the 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, this coming July. Johnson beat other three finalists who flew into Miami, Florida, to participate in the church’s final competition on May 9, 2015, where winners of the last four annual territory-wide Bible bowl competition competed for the 2010-2015 title. Image by Libna Stevens/IAD
From left to right: Hilda Montero, Faye Patterson of the IAD office, Moises Reyna of Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union and Myrna Costa of the IAD office cut the ribbon during a ceremony to inaugurate the new two-floor addition to the the Inter-American Division Headquarters in Miami, Florida, on May 8, 2015. Top church leaders toured the new wing which includes six offices, a conference room and a large storage room. Image by Libna Stevens/IAD
Inter-American Division President Pastor Israel Leito jumps rope with elementary students at the Mahuma Zuid Adventist School in Curaçao on March 9, 2015. Pastor Leito and leaders from the Adventist World Church, stopped by the school as they surveyed the proposed location for the soon-to-be-approved Dutch Caribbean Union. The new union will be comprised of Inter-America’s attached fields of Aruba Mission, Bonaire region and Curacao Image by Elbert Presentacion.
Joaquin Tzoc (center) with 110 years of age is helped out of the water after being baptized by Pastor Anibal Perez (left) in San Andres, Sajcabaja, in Quiche, Guatemala, on Jan. 31, 2015, as fellow Seventh-day Adventists look on. Soc becomes the eldest member of the Agostadero Adventist Church in Quiche, in the northwest region of Guatemala. Image by Rosita Hernandez/IAD.
Small group leaders study the Bible during a special lay training organized by the Adventist Church in west Guatemala, on Jan. 24, 2015. Some 950 laypeople from San Marcos, Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango regions gathered to sharpen their leadership skills in sharing the gospel in their communities through a certification program from Central American Adventist University. Image by Melvin Batz/IAD
IAD President Israel Leito talks to the media at El Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, during a press conference held Jan. 17, 2015. Pastor Leito spoke on the work of the Adventist Church on the island and around the globe during the culmination of evangelistic efforts which resulted in hundreds of baptisms. Image by Reynaldo Carela/IAD