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Elects New President
Steven Poenitz has accepted a call by the Executive Committee of the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to be the new conference president. Poenitz replaces Van Hurst, who has elected to move to Shattuck, Okla., to be by his mother’s side due to illness.
For over six years, Poenitz has served as the ministerial secretary of the Indiana Conference, located in the Indianapolis area. Before that he pastored in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference.
Poenitz has appreciated working with the previous Indiana presidents, Van Hurst and Gary Thurber, models of spiritual leadership, passion for outreach, and a love for Hoosiers.
“While I have not sought this role of leadership,” shared Poenitz, “I do find it a privilege to work with such dedicated pastors, teachers and laity in the state of Indiana.”
Poenitz has a passion for discipling Christ-centered people. He says, “My desire is to experience the fulfillment of that classic passage in The Ministry of Healing, p. 143,” says Poenitz. “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’”
Mark Eaton, Indiana Conference secretary-treasurer said, “We are happy to welcome Elder Poenitz to his new post. It will be a privilege for us to work together to further advance the gospel in the heartland.”
Poenitz has been married for 30 years to Ernestine Underwood Poenitz. She works as background screening coordinator and Spouses Ministry sponsor in the Indiana Conference. They have extended family in Tennessee and Texas. Happy, their 12-year old Harrier dog, brings a lot of extra joy to their lives.
Poenitz expects to officially step into the president role following Hurst’s departure in April.