At the World Missions Ministries Division Council meeting on July 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida, Dr. Harold D. Dalton resigned as the assistant director of the World Missions Ministries Division of the IPHC. In his letter of resignation, Dalton expressed his appreciation,
“After much prayer and consideration, including consultation with Bishop Gardner, I believe it is time to resign as assistant director of World Missions. I have been blessed to serve in this position and am profoundly grateful to the Lord and this church. In particular, I am grateful to Bishop Gardner, the WMMD Council, the Leadership Team and the missionary family for the honor it has been to serve.”
Harold and his wife Anna were approved as missionaries in 1971 and served in Durban, South Africa until 1976. He then held positions in World Missions Ministries and Church Education Ministries (now Discipleship Ministries) and pastored in Atlanta, Georgia. Dalton served under the direction of six executive directors – Bishop B. E. Underwood, Rev. R. L. Rex, Rev. Jesse Simmons, Rev. Donald Duncan, Bishop Doug Beacham and Bishop Talmadge Gardner.
Dr. Dalton has always had a passion for teaching and training leaders. He has served as an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, and at Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dalton plans to pursue this passion in his new role as a short-term missionary, “I would like to spend the next season of my life preaching and teaching in various places around the world, an area of ministry I have always enjoyed very much.”
Bishop J. Talmadge Gardner, executive director of the World Missions Ministries Division shared his appreciation for Dr. Dalton, “The WMMD Council is indebted to Dr. Dalton and his wife Anna for their 45 years of service to the World Missions Ministries Division both as Career Missionaries and in an administrative capacity. Harold is a recognized missiologist and great teacher. His desire to serve the WMMD as a Short-term Missionary will benefit our training initiatives globally. We pray God’s blessings over Harold and Anna as they transition into this new season of life and ministry. May God grant them the desires of their hearts. We thank them again for their service.”
Photo Credit: Dalton Family