On Thursday, May 24, 2012, a team of leaders from the Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean region, headed by Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ACUM), paid a courtesy call to the newly elected Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie. Serving in his second non successive term as Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Mr. Christie was successfully returned to office on Monday, May 7 capturing 29 of the 38 parliamentary seats in the Bahamas. He succeeded former Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Ingraham.
Accompanying Pastor Johnson, were fellow union officers, Pastor Peter Kerr and Elder Roderick Sands, executive secretary and treasurer respectively. Also in attendance were newly appointed president of Northern Caribbean University situated in Mandeville, Jamaica and partly owned by ACUM, Dr. Trevor Gardner; officers of the South Bahamas Conference: Pastor Paul Scavella, president, Pastor Peter Joseph, secretary, and Elder Melvin Lewis, treasurer; officers of the North Bahamas Conference: Pastor Errol Tinker, president, Pastor Roger Moncur, secretary, and Mrs. Tonia Palmer, treasurer; as well as the president of the Cayman Islands Conference, Pastor Shiann O’Connor and the president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission, Pastor Michael Smith.
Pastor Johnson congratulated Prime Minister Christie and his new government on their successful recent elections at the polls and explained the restructuring of the Seventh-day Adventist church in the West Indies Union which resulted in the formation of ACUM. Additionally, local leaders, Pastors Paul Scavella, Errol Tinker, and Roger Moncur addressed matters of additional acreage for Grand Bahama Academy, the possibility of land ownership for or the relocating of the Marsh Harbour and Salem Churches in Abaco. The establishment of extension campuses of Northern Caribbean University was also included in the discussions as well as how the church may assist the government on matters of health and reaching young men.
Over all the meeting was beneficial to both sides, and prayer was offered for the Prime Minister, newly appointed Minister of State in the office of the Prime Minister, Kalis Rolle, a former member of the old Engelerston Seventh-day Adventist Church (now Hillview S.D.A. Church) and Miss Archer, personal assistant.