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Lay Advisory Committee and Florida Conference Work to Hasten Christ’s Return

posted on March 25, 2014, under Conference by

by Eric Cantillo, Lay Advisory Committee Chairman

Lay Advisory Committee members at work, clockwise from left: Eric Cantillo, Santiago Cuellar, Joe Grasso, Thomson Paris, Adriel Bermudez, Michael Sutherland, Jimmy Mitchell, Eugene Torres, Josie Oates, Pat Holness. (Photo: Martin Butler)

Lay Advisory Committee members at work, clockwise from left: Eric Cantillo, Santiago Cuellar, Joe Grasso, Thomson Paris, Adriel Bermudez, Michael Sutherland, Jimmy Mitchell, Eugene Torres, Josie Oates, Pat Holness. (Photo: Martin Butler)

The Lay Advisory Committee is the layperson’s direct line of communication to Florida Conference Administration and Executive Committee. It is the voice of our laypeople working as a team with Conference leadership toward finishing God’s work.

If we are to continue moving forward in unity, just as the disciples did in the early church, we must listen to ideas, concepts, and troubles our constituents share, and pray that God will direct us in providing help with situations we can address, and intervene and guide those where we can only ask for His help.

The state-wide Lay Advisory Committee is committed to the following:

  1. Study problems identified by Conference officers or the local Lay Advisory Committee and make recommendations to the Conference Executive Committee and/or other appropriate persons.
  2. Receive reports from Conference officers and communicate the appropriate information to church members.
  3. Originate new concepts of activity and/or policy.
  4. Make informal evaluations of the effectiveness of Conference departments and programs.
  5. Help promote Conference programs in the churches.
  6. Solicit information from church members concerning problems or areas of concern they may have.

In order to facilitate these goals, a representative is chosen from each church to meet quarterly at their respective regional meeting. Listed in the table below are the newly elected state-wide Lay Advisory Committee members and their quarterly regional meeting locations.

There are three remaining quarterly regional meetings this year, convening at 10:00 a.m.:

  • Second Quarter—April 6
  • Third Quarter—July 13
  • Fourth Quarter—October 5

To participate in a meeting in your area, contact your local church lay activities worker or one of the individuals listed below with your concerns, suggestions, and comments. Together, we can facilitate the work in Florida Conference to hasten our Lord’s soon coming.

REGION CHAIRPERSON SECRETARY MEETING PLACE
North Florida Thomson Paris
t4christ@gmail.com
James Sirmans
jrsirmans@hotmail.com
High Springs Church
Ridge Pat Holness
pholness1@gmail.com
Felix Kelmes
fkelmes@yahoo.com
Arcadia Church
Gulf Alex Benitez
abenitez77@hotmail.com
Jimmy Mitchell
mitchellj9931@yahoo.com
Brandon Spanish Church
West Central Joe Grasso
joeyvilma@gmail.com
Tony Corbin
corbintony1@gmail.com
Forest Lake Church
East Central Ken Prachniak
cprackniak44@yahoo.com
Josie Oates
joates116@aol.com
Florida Conference Office
Upper Gold Adriel Bermudez
abermud1@gmail.com
Michael Sutherland
michaelshaen@yahoo.com
West Palm Beach First Church
Lower Gold Eric Cantillo
canti7@bellsouth.net
Freddie Poggi
fpoggie@yahoo.com
Miami Temple Church

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