March 14, 2018 ~ The SDB General Council of the United States and Canada Conference announces that Executive Director, Robert Appel has informed them that he will not renew his current contract, which expires at the end of the General Conference Sessions in August 2019. Appel has held this position since May 2004. The General Council was quoted as saying, “We deeply appreciate Rob’s commitment to follow God’s direction and his steadfast dedication to Seventh Day Baptists over the past 14 years”.
In his letter to General Council, Executive Director Appel stated “I feel that Seventh Day Baptists need a new change in leadership going forward…with my departure as the Executive Director we may see a revitalization and commitment within the Conference.”
In accordance with SDB Bylaws, he has given the adequate notice (12 months minimum) so that a smooth transition may be planned and implemented within the next 16 months. The General Council is reviewing and planning the process for the next Executive Director. Please be in prayer about this process.