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Black Firsts in Church Leadership (2000-)


 

 

 

 

Carmela Monk

In 2012 Monk became the first woman to serve as editor of Message.


 

 

 

Charles Brooks

Brooks was elected a lifetime member of the Ellen G. White Estate Board in 2010, becoming the first black to be thus honored.


 

 


Delbert Baker

In 2010 Baker became the first black to chair the Review and Herald Publishing Association Board of Trustees.


 

 

 

 


Dwain Esmond

Esmond became the first black editor of Insight in 2002.  In 2010 he became the third black vice president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association.


 

 

 

 

 

Heather Knight

In 2009 Knight was elected the president of Pacific Union College, the first black and woman to hold the position.


 

 

 

 

Charles Tapp

Tapp became the first black senior pastor of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2009.


 

 

 

 

 

Weymouth Spence

In 2008 Spence was inaugurated president of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), the first black to attain the distinction.


 

 

 

Ricardo Graham

Graham was the first black elected president of the Pacific Union Conference in 2007.


 

 

 

 

John Nixon, Sr.

In 2006 Nixon became the first black senior pastor of the Collegedale Church of Southern Adventist University.


 

 

 

Gerald Penick, Sr.

In 2005 Penick was the first black to be elected president of the Southeastern California Conference.


 

 

 

 

Robert Smith

Smith became the first black president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in 2000.