Transition of Leadership in NAD ACS

May 6, 2021
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We are pleased to welcome W. Derrick Lea as the new director of the North American Division Adventist Community Services (NAD ACS). Lea had previously served as the NAD ACS associate director with focus areas on Disaster Response and Emotional and Spiritual Care ministries for five years.  “While I am excited about this surprising opportunity, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the gentleman whose role I will fill, Dr. Sung Kwon. ACS would not have advanced to our present place without Sung’s tremendous efforts and work. We are indebted to him for his twenty-plus years of service and certainly wish him the best in his pursuits in the coming days,” said Lea.

We also would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Sung Kwon who has been an instrumental leader over the years for ACS ministry. Kwon’s determination, dedication and commitment, outstanding leadership skills, wealth of knowledge, innovative ideas, and passion for community outreach and development throughout the last twenty years has brought ACS ministry to where it is today. We want to wish him all the best for a new chapter in his life and in all his future endeavors. “It has been my privilege and honor to serve the NAD ACS ministry over the last 20 years. Derrick Lea is a competent leader with knowledge and skills, and I have confidence that he will continue to enhance the ACS ministry to the next level of professional growth,” said Kwon.

”I want to thank Dr. Kwon for his 20 years of dedicated service to the Lord’s work and the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has worked tirelessly to build up the work of Adventist Community Services throughout the Division and the world. His energy and vision have been integral to the work that he and his team have accomplished during these past two decades,” stated Bonita Shields, vice president for ministries of the North American Division.

“I want to thank the Lord for His leading in providing Derrick Lea to lead Adventist Community Services for the next quadrennial period. Derrick has been part of the NAD ACS team for several years, leading out in the Disaster Relief work in the Division—and he has been BUSY with the numerous disasters taking place. I am thankful for his expertise and his commitment to carry this work forward,” continued Shields.