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Guillermo (Billy) E. Biaggi, General Vice President, General Conference (GC); Artur A. Stele, General Vice President, General Conference (GC); Abner De Los Santos, General Vice President, General Conference (GC); Geoffrey G. Mbwana, General Vice President, General Conference (GC); Thomas L. Lemon, General Vice President, General Conference (GC); Maurice Valentine, General Vice President, General Conference (GC); Audrey Andersson, General Vice President, General Conference (GC). Per Tor Tjeransen/AME

Andersson and Valentine join new General Vice President Team

Story by Wilona Karimabadi, Adventist Review

Tuesday morning’s general business session featured the election of seven vice presidents to the General Conference executive team, an addition of one position since the 2015 Session. They are returning leaders Guillermo E. Biaggi, Abner De los Santos, Thomas L. Lemon, Geoffrey Mbwana, and Artur Stele. Ella Simmons, the first female general vice president in the church’s history, is retiring.

Audrey Andersson of the Trans- European Division (TED) and Maurice R. Valentine II from the North American Division (NAD) are this Session’s newly elected vice presidents.

Audrey Andersson most recently served as executive secretary of the TED—the only woman who has ever held that position in any division throughout the General Conference. Born in Ireland, Andersson graduated from Newbold College with a degree in theology. Her career was initially spent in the secular world—she ran a daily news service operation from the High Court in London and had her own communication company. She moved to Sweden when she married her late husband, Lars. Andersson was then called to the Swedish Union to serve as executive secretary, and from there she transitioned to executive secretary of the TED. She will be the second female to serve as a general vice president and the first European woman. According to Lori Yingling, director of General Conference Human Resources, “Audrey Andersson has proven herself to be a valuable asset to the work of the church. Audrey promotes collaboration and teamwork with everyone with whom she works. She has never met a stranger, and her optimistic outlook is contagious. I am so happy for her election to the office of vice president; she will be a positive addition to the presidential team and to the world field.”

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