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  • Community of Christ celebrates ordinations

  • Almost 100 voices of the Tahitian choir opened the evening worship of the Community of Christ World Conference Tuesday. The goal of the evening was to celebrate the ordinations of three new members of the church’s Council of Twelve Apostles. This council leads the church’s global mission by inviting people to experience Christ’s peace.

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  • Almost 100 voices of the Tahitian choir opened the evening worship of the Community of Christ World Conference Tuesday. The goal of the evening was to celebrate the ordinations of three new members of the church’s Council of Twelve Apostles. This council leads the church’s global mission by inviting people to experience Christ’s peace.
    Arthur E. Smith of Independence, Barbara L. Carter of Newark, Del., and Mareva M. Arnaud Tchong of Tahiti, French Polynesia, were ordained apostles and members of the Council of Twelve Apostles.
    Smith is a native of Quebec, Canada. He most recently served as an apostolic assistant for the Central and South America Mission Field. Previous assignments have included education and leadership development coordinator in the Latin America and Caribbean Field; service in the Pacific Mission Field while living in French Polynesia and as children, youth and young adult minister in the Canada East Mission Centre. He was ordained by Apostle Carlos Enrique Mejia, speaking in Spanish. Mejia is responsible for the Central and South America Mission Field.
    Carter has served as apostle-designate since May 2011 and has carried related responsibilities. She has served before as an apostolic assistant, mission center president and other leadership roles. She was ordained by Apostle Stassi Cramm, who is responsible for the North Central USA/Canada Mission Field.
    Tchong is the first French Polynesian to serve as an apostle. She has served in various church ministry and leadership roles. Most recently she was president of the French Polynesia Mission Centre and has been prepared for additional church responsibility through theological education, language study and acceptance of various ministerial assignments in culturally diverse settings. She was ordained by Apostle Bunda Chibwe, speaking in French. Chibwe is responsible for the Africa and Haiti Mission Field.
    Adam R. Wade, a native of Melbourne, Australia, was set apart as a president of Seventy and member of the Council of Presidents of Seventy. Seventy are ministers specifically focused on inviting and witnessing to people seeking to commit their lives to Christ. He has been serving as president of the East Asia Mission Center, pastor of the Korea Church and chair of the Community of Christ Peace and Justice Committee. Wade was set apart by Apostle Ron Harmon of the Western USA Mission Field.
    All legislative sessions and worship services during the conference, which ends Thursday, are open to the public. In addition, several events are webcast live from www.CofChrist.org.
     
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