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Message from the Chairman and President

September 14, 2010

[The following message was sent to the United Church of God ministry today.]

To All Elders,

From left: Alec Surratt, Eduardo Hernandez, Melvin Rhodes, Dennis Luker, Aaron Dean, Ralph Levy

In a further effort towards reconciliation with the Latin American ministry, a meeting was held at the home office on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, with Eduardo Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez has served as pastor of the Colombian and Ecuadorian churches for 30 years and as pastor in Venezuela since the inception of the United Church of God.

Also present at the meeting were Dennis Luker, president of UCGIA; Melvin Rhodes, chairman of the Council of Elders; Aaron Dean, treasurer and Council member; and Ralph Levy and Alec Surratt, both of whom speak Spanish and have been involved in the Spanish work for years.

The meeting was very cordial. Everyone present expressed their opinion as to how we can best move forward to bring about a full reconciliation. It is hoped to hold further meetings after the Feast of Tabernacles. Your continued prayers are deeply appreciated.

Melvin Rhodes, chairman

Dennis Luker, president

September 14, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders, General Conference of Elders, Home Office, President's Office |


  1. It is very pleasing to see this very positive action of communication and good will towards reconciliation.

    Well done! Thank you to all parties concerned, for having this meeting.

    If possible, it would be wonderful, if say, Ralph Levy and/or Alec Surrat could accompany Mr Luker and Mr Rhodes on a tour of the Latin American Churches after the Feast.

    Hopefully, sitting in the latin congregations and having a good listen ‘n chat session or two, with the brethren and ministry …might go a long way to putting oil on troubled waters …and assist the reconciliation process, greatly.

    There is a time to leave the 99 and go after the one…

    Warm regards,
    Ken Murray

    Comment by Ken Murray | September 14, 2010 | Reply

    • merecuerda el apostol pablo, se pone su capote, tomaba un barco y visitavea las iglesias . acompañadpo de sus ayudantes o ayudante que lindo seria. ahora es mas facil la iglesia tiene dinero , hay aviones rapidos, y hoteles c0n calefaccion . y todo lo d emas .aca a america del sur hay como 1600 ovejas dejadas de lado hay que visitarlas. verlas y hablar con ellas para saber porque esta asi …lo felicito buen comentario

      Comment by danieldel transito | October 11, 2010 | Reply

    • esoria biblico viajar a ver el rebaño en america del sur

      Comment by danieldeltransito | October 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Reconcilation is a path and a process to build the Church.Yes I do agree with Ken that Ralph Levy, Alex Surrat, Melvin Rhodes and Dennis Luker should make MULTIPLE TOURS of the Latin American Churches to answer questions and to keep us all connected as a church family. Every Church is a garden supplying needs to the body of Christ not to be neglected. We all need to “Hear the Big Picture” of the comming “Kingdom of God”… YES! Purpose… Direction…Focus… Yes! Gerald Waterhouse where are you?

    Comment by Jim Lapp | September 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. This is GOOD NEWS! Thanks to all who are making the effort to resolve our differences. Thanks for the update. We will continue to pray for reconciliation and peace. Pray all have a wonderful fall festival season

    Comment by Sandra | September 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. It is heartening to hear of the continued efforts at reconciliation. Planting these seeds of goodwill cannot help but yield positive fruit. We are one family and it would be a wonderful thing to see everyone gathered at the dinner table once again. Happy Feast!

    Comment by Cathy Martin | September 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. We could all possibly be living in that time in which all tbings which have been written will come upon the whole world. One thing for certan, Satan, the Great Deceiver, will divert attention from himself because he knows what he is about to do to humanity our Father’s offspring. He will make the world like a wilderness and destroy its cites (Isa. 14:12-17). We know that soon there will be war in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against Satan and his angels (Revelation 12:7-17 and Daniel 12:1)before the Great Tribulation begins – that hasn’t happened yet. The church, as one, MUST focus on PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM TO THE WORLD – EXPOSE SATAN FOR WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE IS ABOUT TO DO TO THE WORLD AS SUPPORTED BY THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. I believe the Ancient of Days and the Son of man will provide the revenue for us and open the doors necessary to effect their will – not by might nor power but by the Holy Spirit. We have the freedom of liberty, through the Holy Spirit, to proclaim with power, things pertaining to the Kingdom of God as written in the Holy Scriptures, and we know that our citizenship, our liberty and eternal life is from above and through the Son of man who is Head to the Church. Church governance is vital in preaching the gospel and taking care of the flock, our Father’s little ones. We, as the governed, must be responsive to the government which has been set over us and which is sanctioned by the Holy Scriptures – this is a part of our holy calling. If we believe that the Son of man is indeed the Head of the Church and that He is leading us then we each will act responsibly – no doctrines have been changed and I believe that spiritually we have grown in understanding doctrines and prophecies to the glory of our Father and the Son of man. Our Father’s manifest love to us does not seek its own but does seek the love for others and esteems others better than ourselves and we seek the glory of our Father and we humbly petition the Son of man to glorify His and our Father in the Church and as we preach the gospel of the Kingdom to the world. I pray that our present trials will soon be behind us – but in our conversion process we must go from glory to glory having properly exercised obedience to the Holy Scriptures.

    Comment by dwight s. stewart | September 16, 2010 | Reply

  6. Cómo me alegra ver al Sr. Hernández en esa reunión! ojala otros buenos líderes (SE QUE LOS HAY)sigan su ejemplo , para que el rebaño de Cristo siga unido en su amor (Juan 13:35) y no separado por causa de personas, para que se corrijan las cosas que no se han hecho bien y se mejoren las que se hicieron bien, esto nos llevara a la madurez. Todos debemos reconocer nuestras ofensas y pedir perdón a quienes debamos. Nuestra causa y prioridad es el mensaje que Cristo nos trajo, como dice el comentario arriba. La iglesia debe enfocarse MAS QUE NUNCA, en anunciar el evangelio, porque los tiempos son cada vez más difíciles y es necesario que el mundo escuche este mensaje de Esperanza. Dios dará los medios y prosperará su obra, si tan solo dejamos de lado las diferencias

    How glad I am to see Mr. Hernandez at that meeting! hopefully other good leaders (I KNOW THAT THERE ARE) follow his example, so that the flock of Christ remain united in their love (John 13:35) and not separated because of people, in order to correct the things not done very well and improve the ones already done, this will lead us to maturity. We must all recognize our sins and ask forgiveness of those we should. Our priority and cause is the message that Christ brought us, as the comment above. The church should focus more than ever, in proclaiming the Gospel, because the times are becoming more difficult and the world needs to hear this message of hope. God will provide the means and will prosper his work, if we only set aside differences

    Comment by Inobel | September 16, 2010 | Reply

  7. se borro lo qiue escribi

    Comment by danieldel transito | October 11, 2010 | Reply

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