On November 17, 2021, the Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee elected Pierre Omeler to serve as the new president of the Atlantic Union Conference, effective immediately. The vote comes as a result of outgoing president G. Earl Knight’s decision to retire after 44 years of ministry.
Before the November 17 vote, Omeler served as executive secretary of the Atlantic Union, a position to which he was elected during the 2016 union constituency session. His previous experience in the church includes serving as the Atlantic Union Conference Haitian Ministries vice president (2011-2016); president of the North American Division (NAD) Haitian Caucus and director of NAD Haitian Ministries (2012-2016), Northeastern Conference departmental director (2008-2011), and he served in the Northeastern Conference as an associate pastor (1986-1989) and a senior pastor (1991-2011).
Omeler graduated from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology with a minor in biblical languages. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. He has published three books and many articles. He is also a Certified Seniors Advisor (CSA).
Knight’s 44 years of ministry in the Adventist church include serving as a pastor, evangelist, conference executive secretary, conference president, union president, and mentor.
“I want to thank the constituents of the Atlantic Union for the opportunity to serve as president of this great Atlantic Union. As we take up this responsibility, we seek your prayers, God’s Spirit, and wisdom. Thank you to Dr. G. Earl Knight for 44 years of ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We wish him God’s best in retirement,” said Omelet.
The position of executive secretary will be filled at a later date.
Ednor Davison, ATLANTIC UNION GLEANER