David Wells re-elected as general superintendent. All photos for General Conference 2016 are by Leslie Ghag. © 2016 The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
General Conference 2016's first full day was everything that could be hoped for and more. Here are a few highlights.
Plenary Session 1 with Dr. Chris Thomas
Dr. Chris Thomas (right) with French translator Dominic Kibale.
Dr. Thomas encouraged us as a Fellowship to get back to the core practices and principles of our Pentecostal identity--to recover our early roots. Here are some excerpts of his message. Read more on Dr. Thomas' message here.
Business Session 1
Honouring Special Guests
The following former executive officers and special guests were honoured at the start of the first business session:
Bob and Shirley Taitinger
Greetings from Assemblies of God US
Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God US, brought greetings to the Fellowship and to General Conference 2016. “We really consider [The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada] to be a valued, Pentecostal, Spirit-empowered partner in global evangelism. Dr. Wood and I and the Fellowship greet you, pray for you..."
Attendance Roster Report for Tuesday, May 3
Lucie Chouinard of the Quebec District Office reported that we had 976 conference attendees on Monday.
Greetings from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC)
Bruce Clemenger, President of EFC, brought greetings. "The EFC seeks to unite to people to bless Canadians in the name of Jesus. We will fight for religious freedom and freedom of conscience. We’ll press for access for high quality of care [in the light of recent assisted suicide rulings].
The EFC is representing our PAOC family on issues of concern including:
- Assisted suicide and Bill C-14
- Human sexuality
- Human trafficking and pornography
- Refugee crisis
Weldon Yeo of Christian Life Centre in Morden, Manitoba, then led us in a prayer of intercession for our country.
General Superintendent Election Results
85.8% of voters selected David Wells pre-General Conference 2016 for general superintendent. Ratification voting results: 370 ballots were cast, with 359 stating "Yes." David Wells was therefore re-elected with 97% ratification. Read more here.
General Conference Reports
David Wells presented his general superintendent report, and David Hazzard presented his report of the assistant superintendent for Fellowship Services.
French Translator Dominic Kibale and David Hazzard.
Prayer for Fort McMurray, Alberta
A time of urgent prayer was led by Phil Doroshuk, director of finance and administration at the Alberta & Northwest Territories of the PAOC, for God's sovereign intervention in the fires threatening the entire city of Fort McMurray. Read more about the subsequent call to prayer here.
Plenary Session 2 with Dr. Claudio Freidzon
Dr. Freidzon's passion was to urge us to seek God's anointing and power for all we do--and to believe and receive God's promise for a new day, for rejuvenation, for the manifestation of the fulfilment of His promises to us, and for the realization of the desires He has placed in our hearts. Read more about Dr. Freidzon's message here.
Dr. Claudio Freidzon and his son-in-law/Spanish translator Chad McCabe as the Tuesday evening plenary message is delivered.
Global and Mission Canada Workers Reception
After an extended time of prayer around the altar at the close of Dr. Freidzon's plenary message, many gathered at the InterContinental Hotel for the reception to hour our global and Mission Canada workers. Peter and Sandra McIntosh were specially honoured as outgoing regional directors (RDs) for Southeast Asia.
From left to right, Murray Cornelius, assistant superintendent for International Missions, Cindy Cornelius, Sandra McIntosh, outgoing director of Impact School of Missions, and Peter McIntosh, outgoing regional director for Southeast Asia.
Murray's upcoming milestone birthday was also celebrated with cake and a card with messages of congratulations and appreciation from friends, global workers and colleagues.