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For Immediate Release

November 12, 2020

RICK REMMEERS ELECTED COLUMBIA UNION EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Today, the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee elected Rick Remmers, Chesapeake Conference president, to serve as executive secretary for the Columbia Union Conference. Remmers accepted the call and will take up his new responsibilities effective January 1, 2021.
 
Remmers will succeed Robert Vandeman, former Chesapeake Conference president, who is set to retire as Columbia Union executive secretary after serving in the role since 2011.
 
“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve in leadership here in the Chesapeake Conference,” says Remmers. “I will always treasure the friendships made and find deep fulfillment in the ministry we’ve been able to share in together for the glory of God.”
 
Remmers has spent 20 years in the Chesapeake Conference, having served almost five years as senior pastor of the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbia, Md., approximately five years as senior pastor of the Hagerstown (Md.) Seventh-day Adventist Church, more than one year as executive secretary of Chesapeake, and, for the past nine years, as Chesapeake Conference president.
 
“Chesapeake has been greatly blessed by the exemplary presidential leadership of Dr. Remmers,” says Jerry Lutz, executive secretary for Chesapeake. “As a dedicated servant of the Lord, with a heart of a caring, compassionate pastor, and the vision and wisdom of a gifted administrator, he has guided our conference to new levels of spiritual and numerical growth. He and his wife, Shayne, have served as wonderful role models for the members of Chesapeake and especially for our pastors and their families. Though we will miss them greatly, I am quite confident that, in his new position, Dr. Remmers will serve the constituent conferences, institutions and members of the Columbia Union very well,” Lutz adds.
 
“He’s analytically gifted and a seasoned administrator who will bring a wealth of knowledge of how organizations work,” says Dave Weigley, Columbia Union president. “He leads with a pastor’s heart and is going to bring a depth of understanding and experience to the position and will hit the ground running.”
 
The Columbia Union president will meet with the Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee to begin the process of selecting the next Chesapeake president.

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