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New Jersey Conference President Jorge Aguero to Retire in January

Jorge Aguero, president of the New Jersey Conference, is retiring after 43 years of pastoral ministry—25 of them dedicated to the conference. Aguero shares the following statement:  

“New Jersey has been my home for 25 years. Throughout this time, my family and I have had the joy of experiencing the love of God and the community shared together as a Seventh-day Adventist family. I have had the pleasure of serving you as a pastor and a director of Sabbath School Ministries, Family Ministries, Personal Ministries, and Men’s Ministries—and most recently as president. Throughout my life, I’ve felt the need to follow God’s call wherever He beckons. 

Now I’m feeling the call to minister to the most important audience in my life—my family. Many of you have most graciously journeyed with me through my granddaughter Catalina’s unexpected diagnosis of leukemia discovered last February. Our lives as a family have changed, as we have been faced with the challenges cancer generates. We are so thankful for the thousands of prayers for Catalina, and that she’s responded well to treatment. However, there is a long road ahead. 

After carefully evaluating, praying and consulting with my family, as well as the Columbia Union Conference leadership team and the North American Division retirement office, I have decided to invest my energy full time on my family. This decision has not been an easy one, as I have served in various capacities and helped many church families for 43 years. But my children and grandchildren now need me more than ever, so I have decided to begin my retirement January 1, 2024.

I will continue to uphold the mission the Lord has given me, and I know you will too. I trust that He who brought us together will provide leadership and guidance for His people. 

Thank you for your understanding, support and prayers. 

May the Lord bless you as you continue to carry out His work.”

The New Jersey Conference team expresses their gratitude to Aguero and his wife, Amalia—his partner in ministry during these many years of service. They will be greatly missed. May the Lord continue to bless them in the next chapter of their lives. 

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