Advent Movements – Kyte, Cress, Murray, Buell, Westney

Robert E. Kyte to President of Adventist Risk Management, from Seventh-day Adventist World Church general counsel. The appointment comes eight weeks after the unexpected passing of former president Robert L. Sweezey. ARM board chairman and Adventist World Church treasurer Robert Lemon says Kyte “is someone who enjoys bringing people together to accomplish great things. “His leadership style is inclusive and his knowledge of the church and how things can be done is refreshing,” Lemon said. More information is available on the Adventist News Network Web site.

Sleeping in Jesus:

Dr. James A. Cress – died on Thanksgiving evening, November 26, 2009 of complications arising from a rare pathogen believed to have been contracted in the course of his travels. Our thoughts and prayers go to Jim’s wife, Sharon. 

Jim’s dream was that every clergy spouse who desired to be involved in team ministry would be given the opportunity. His passion for this choice was demonstrated throughout his life by his continued devotion to the cause.  Funds have not been available for this to be implemented in most parts of the world. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, contributions to his dream may be sent to: 

James A. Cress Memorial Fund
c/o  GC Treasury
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland  20904


Milton Murray – We regret to announce that the founder of Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI) Milton Murray, passed away during the night of December 9

To honor Milton’s legacy of service in philanthropy, the family suggests charitable contributions be made to:

Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy
PO Box 521
College Place, WA 99324


Jonna Buell – She was diagnosed with cancer about a year and a half ago and passed away on Saturday night, November 21. Her husband, Monty Buell, teaches in the History Department at Walla Walla University. Her brother, Paul Dybdal, teaches in the Religion Department and her father, Jon Dybdal, was president of WWU for several years. She also leaves three teenage daughters.

Further information can be obtained from the web site

Additional details will be soon be available on the Adventist News Network Web site.


Adrian Theophilus Westney, 82, died Dec. 14, after a brief illness. Westney, a pastor, chaplain, educator and administrator, served the Seventh-day Adventist Church with distinction for more than 60 years.

Before coming to the United States in 1960, Westney planted churches and pastored in his homeland of Jamaica, as well as in Barbados and Guyana.

Though retired, Westney continued his advocacy of religious liberty in an associate capacity. He helped many members in the Columbia Union obtain workplace religious accommodations and organized a number of religious liberty rallies that informed church members about their constitutional rights.

More information is available on the North American Division Web site.


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