Bryant Taylor, D.Min.
Bryant Taylor, D.Min.
On a warm Memorial Day weekend, Conference constituents gathered in Hawthorne, Fla., for the 11th Quadrennial Constituency Session, May 28-29, 2016. More than 1,600 delegates registered to attend, which would mark the highest delegate count in Conference history. The air was filled with excitement and anticipation as these emissaries prepared to receive God’s next steward to lead the ministry.
The Session ceremonies began on Saturday night in the newly constructed dining hall. Great effort was made to improve both registration and participation. For the second time, a wireless voting system was employed for the event. This updated system permitted easy tallying of votes and anonymity for the participants. Also as a first, the constituents registered with photo identification and were given scannable photo ID lanyards for fluid entry and reentry into the auditorium.
Constituents applauded these measures, appreciative of the thoughtful preparation for the proceedings. They also welcomed the changes as a microcosm of even greater reforms to come.
This event would also mark the fulfillment of Hubert J. Morel’s second and final term as president of the Southeastern Conference. Under Morel’s leadership, Southeastern addressed the Conference’s long-term debt, planted new churches, and renovated the campgrounds. The attendees celebrated his work and, by thundering applause, demonstrated their approval for his achievements.
By early afternoon, after the votes had been tallied, the representatives welcomed their sixth president, Gregory O. Mack, with the overwhelming support of the delegation.
Mack was born and raised in Miami, Fla., where he is a product of the ministry of Bethany Church. He received the call of God at age 19, and went on to attend Oakwood University. At Oakwood, he received an associate of arts degree in communication and a bachelor of arts degree in theology. He later matriculated to Andrews University where he earned a master of divinity. Mack has served the Southeastern Conference faithfully for 35 years, including as executive secretary, where he served with great distinction.
Mack is happily married to the former Jean Johnson, and God has blessed them with two sons, Clint and Darren.
Mack hopes to lead Southeastern to execute ministry with excellence, to celebrate diversity, and to plan for the long-term propagation of the Gospel.
By the close of the Constituency Meeting, delegates had addressed constitutional changes and elected new officers who will aid in the execution of the new president’s vision.
The new administration and leadership for the quadrennial term, 2016-2020:
- Gregory O. Mack, president
- Michael K. Owusu, executive secretary
- Robert Patterson Jr., chief financial officer
- Emmanuel Charles, assistant treasurer
- Nicola McClymont, human resources director
- Barbara Davis, education superintendent
- Clarence Wright, ministerial director
- Prince Lewis, youth ministries director
- Maxime Pape, Sabbath School director
- David L. Peay Sr., community services director
- Bryant Taylor, communications director
- Juan Gonzales, stewardship director
- Mark Brown, family life director
- Theus Young, publishing ministries
- Nicolas Louis, Haitian ministries director
- Roger Alvarez, Spanish ministries director
Southeastern | December 2016