The General Council is the 5-member body elected by the SDB General Conference to address Conference matters between delegate sessions of Conference Week–providing creative leadership, collaborative strategy, and supportive encouragement to the mission and ministry of the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference.
Andrew J. Camenga is the pastor of the German Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salemville, PA. He and his wife Kristin have been married for 20 years and have two children at home. Andrew heard Christ’s call to follow Him and has been learning what it means to pursue Christ ever since, trusting that God will complete what He began. He has been an active participant and leader in local, regional, and conference-wide ministry though most of his life. In recent years, he has served as the training director for the Summer Christian Service Corp (SCSC) and been an SDBU instructor. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Seventh Day Baptist Board of Christian Education from 2000-2015.
Steve Osborn lives in Firestone, Colorado. He and his wife Angie have four grown children. Steve serves as Lead Pastor of Frontier Church – Carbon Valley, a Ministry of Seventh Day Baptists, and as a member of the SDB Church Planting Task Force.
Ericessen Cooper is the pastor of the New York City SDB Church in Brooklyn, New York. He is married to his wife, Crystal and they have three children. He is employed by the New York City Dept. of Social Services and works in the Legal Affairs Division.
Patti Wethington was introduced to Jesus at 8 years old, has been a passionately committed Christ-follower since age 15. Born and raised in California, she met and married Pastor Bernie Wethington in 1974. Joining Seventh-Day Baptists in 1989, she served in church ministry alongside Bernie for 38 years until his passing in 2013. Currently, she serves Homecare and Hospice patients and covers care for patients remotely all over the United States.
Patti has participated in the Seventh Day Baptist denomination in supportive roles for many years. Serving 2 terms with Council on Ministry, General Conference President for the 2016-17 General Conference session and currently serving on the General Council term ending 2022.
Ephesians 3: 16-19 has been a guiding prayer that I have personalized and pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen me with power through his Spirit, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith. And, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Dr. Ralph Mackintosh
Dr. Ralph Mackintosh is a member of the Foothill Community SDB Church in Montrose, California. He is a retired Medical Physicist although still on the staff of Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California. Ralph is a former President of the SDB General Conference and the current Chairman of the General Council.