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Dr Vakadewavosa is Fiji Methodists’ new president-elect

The newly elected President of the Fiji Methodist Church, Rev Dr Vakadewavosa

SUVA, Fiji – August 22: 3.20pm (FBC NEWS/Pacnews): Reverend Dr. Epineri Vakadewavosa is the president elect of the Methodist Church of Fiji.

Reverend Dr Vakadewavosa was elected after receiving 382 out of a possible 744 votes.

He will replace current President, Rev Tevita Nawadra.

Methodist Church spokesperson, Rev James Bhagwan, says it was a secret ballot voting process where only official executives taking part in the Methodist Church conference were allowed in the voting hall.

The president elect will continue to work as the church secretary until the end of the year and will take up his presidency role from next year.

Rev. Dr Vakadewavosa was elected General Secretary at the 2014 Annual Conference and took office on the 1st of January 2015.

He was Deputy General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji from January 2013 to December 2014.

Prior to joining the Connexional Office, Rev Dr. Vakadewavosa was the principal of the Methodist Davuilevu Theological College.

He has also served as a missionary in Belize, Central America.

Rev Dr Vakadewavosa said he will be in a better position to reveal his future plans by next week.

Meanwhile, the Methodist church recorded a decrease of 3554 members from 2015 to 2016.

Methodist Church spokesperson, Reverend James Bhagwan says internal migration was a gap identified by the church.

Rev Bhagwan says various divisions conduct their census in the early months of the year and this is when movements due to education are done.

“At the beginning of the year, we have people who still they bring their children to school, or to university, and then they stay for a while, our Fijian way of doing things, we don’t just come and drop our children, we stay for a while. Sometimes they miss the counting period, because they are not in the village at that time they are missed out there because they are not officially members of the church where they are worshiping while they are here, they are also not counted,” he said.

The 2016 Methodist church membership was 198,610 compared to 202,164 members in 2015.

The church membership for this year will be revealed on Friday.

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