Micheff Accepts Invite to Michigan Conference Presidency

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Micheff Accepts Invite to Michigan Conference Presidency

PHOTO: Elder James Micheff, Jr., and wife Gail, are surrounded by praying friends as he accepts the call to serve as Michigan Conference president. [Photo: Michigan Conference}

Elder James Micheff, Jr. accepted a call to serve as president of the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, succeeding Elder Jay Gallimore, who retired this month.

 

Micheff was for ten years the executive secretary of the Michigan Conference. The conference reported a membership of 26,405 in 2016, according to the Adventist Statistics website.

 

According to a news release, “Elder Micheff entered the ministry as a pastor for the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1994. After several years, he accepted a call to pastor for the Michigan Conference in 1996. In 2000 he was invited to serve as director of the youth department and served in that capacity for about seven years. In 2007, he became the executive secretary for the Michigan Conference.”

 

Lake Union Conference president Elder Maurice Valentine presided over two meetings of the last constituency session’s nominating committee, one on January 21 and the other on January 28. No details of any vote tally were released.

 

The Michigan Conference report stated Micheff “prayerfully accepted” the invitation. “We thank God for His guidance and leading in the selection process, and we welcome our new president.” the announcement said.

 

Micheff is a graduate of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, and married the former Gail Joy VanderWaal of Battle Creek, Michigan, on June 5, 1978. The couple “have four grown children and six grandchildren,” according to a biography on the conference website.

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Managing Editor Mark A. Kellner is a journalist living in Salt Lake City, Utah. From February 2014 to September 2015, he was a national reporter for the Deseret News, and has written about issues of faith and freedom since 1983. Mark also served as News Editor for the Adventist Review and Adventist World for seven years.