The Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference took place Saturday, September 7. The conference was hosted by Kingsway Christian Center and Pastors Shawn and Bridgette Simon. Bishop Abel Palomo, his wife Trish, and their entire family are faithful and fruitful in their leading and serving the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
The day’s schedule was filled with exciting and informative reports from a variety of the MAC Ministries:
- Women’s Ministries – Eulita Carretta, director
- Discipleship Ministries – Pastor Ben Spearman
- Missions Ministries – Rev. Wesley Russ, former bishop
- Finances – Mrs. Katie Eckenrode
There were several other presentations (some by video) provided that gave quality evidence of the wide-range of ministries and opportunities that the Mid-Atlantic Conference is involved with:
- Holmes Bible College – Rev. Bruce Hagee, dean of students
- Retirement Plan – Mrs. Brenda Phillips, IPHC CFO
- Chaplains Ministry – LT Jamil Khan (video)
- Emmanuel College – video
- Falcon Children’s Home\Royal Home Ministries – video
- Special Missions Report – Van and Jane Bloss
- Memoirs Report – Pastor Donna Leatherman
Pastor David Schoch gave a stirring, faith-filled and faith-challenging report on his local church involvement in Missions. They have increased their participation in the planting of churches in the Ukraine.
Bishop Abel Palomo is forward-thinking and visionary in his leadership responsibilities. He provided a challenging State of the Conference Report with a strong emphasis on leadership development. The three priorities that were established are:
- Local churches multiplying leaders
- Churches planting churches
- Increased faithfulness in giving
There was a strong level of energy and unity that allowed for this annual conference to be inspiring, affirming and requiring.
A highlight of the day was the credentialing of ministers:
- Emmanuel Robinson
- Boniface Odong
- Esther Choi
- Byong Gun Min
Local Church Minister’s Certificate:
- Carlos Corrales
- Carlos Hernandez
MAC Chaplain’s License:
- Joan Maskall
The Mid-Atlantic Conference is known for its diversity and multi-cultural flavor. Those receiving credentials this year continue to validate this wonderful expression of the conference family.
A special note that deserves attention: Emmanuel Robinson who was ordained, was raised in the MAC and is now serving with Pastor Ryan Jackson at the Capital Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rev. Jackson was in attendance, and we were honored to have him participate in Emmanuel’s ordination.
This proved to be a wonderful day for the Mid-Atlantic Conference with a variety of testimonies giving evidence of the same.
We believe, so we declare that Bishop Palomo and this conference are stepping into a season of increase and multiplication.
To God be the Glory!!