28th IPHC GENERAL CONFERENCE
The 28th General Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church convened July 25-28, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. This was a significant time in the life of the church. Delegates and guests from around the world gathered to worship, hear from the Lord, fellowship with one another, and conduct the business of the church. Each of the keynote speakers, Beth Moore, John Dawson, Ed Stetzer, Samuel Rodriguez and Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr., were greatly anointed of the Lord to preach and minister to the IPHC body.
GENERAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP FOR 2017-2021
Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr. (Doug), was reelected by acclamation to serve as the Presiding Bishop and General Superintendent of the IPHC.
Bishop Thomas McGhee was reelected to serve as the Executive Ministry Director of Discipleship Ministries.
Bishop Talmadge Gardner was reelected to serve as the Executive Director of World Missions Ministries.
Bishop Garry Bryant was elected to serve as the Executive Director of Evangelism USA Ministries.
ALPHA CONFERENCE DELEGATION
Over 50 delegates and guests with Alpha roots attended the 28th General Conference. This good representation included ministers, pastors, church delegates, missionaries, retired military chaplains, national IPHC leaders, and guests. The Alpha delegation enjoyed lunch together on July 26. During the lunch, Rev. and Mrs. Harold Presley were recognized and honored for their 41 years of faithful service to the IPHC and Alpha Conference. The Presleys serve as World Missions Regional Directors in NW Europe. Congratulations, Harold and Kathleen!
GENERAL CONFERENCE PROPHETIC ACT
At the visionary request of IPHC Presiding Bishop, Dr. Doug Beacham, leaders representing all 50 USA states and 100 nations brought soil to the 28th IPHC General Conference in Orlando, FL. This prophetic act was visually dramatic and symbolized the continued advancement of the gospel to fulfill the great commission of Jesus Christ and expand Christ’s Kingdom into new cities, counties, and countries. As I view the beautiful container of soil collected from around the world, including 72 counties from the Alpha region, many reflections flood into my heart.
One reflection is God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 13:16. In this passage, God promised to multiply Abraham’s offspring as “the dust of the earth,” so if one can count the dust in the earth, his offspring could also be counted. In verse 17, the Lord asked Abraham to, “arise, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” May the Lord of glory order our steps and anoint the IPHC to fulfill His Kingdom purpose until he returns! May we, “rise, take up our mat, and walk in the land,” with Holy Spirit presence, peace, pureness, purpose and power, to take new territory and expand Christ’s Kingdom!