“It’s such an opportunity that God has placed at our feet.”
On January 26, the Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee elected Andre Hastick to the position of Chesapeake Conference executive secretary. Elder Hastick accepted the call, filling the vacancy left by Jerry Lutz, who was recently elected to serve as Chesapeake Conference president. The executive committee convened virtually for the session, chaired by Elder Lutz.
“I am very pleased with the executive committee’s decision to invite Elder Hastick to be our conference executive secretary,” says Lutz. “I look forward to continuing working with him in his new position. With his excellent leadership skills and pastoral experience, he will be a great addition to our administrative team and a blessing to the members of Chesapeake.”
Elder Hastick began his ministry in Chesapeake in 2011 when he accepted a call to serve as pastor of the Aberdeen (Md.) Seventh-day Adventist Church. Two years later, he went on to serve as pastor of the Reisterstown and South Carroll Seventh-day Adventist churches, both located in Maryland. In 2017, he was elected by the Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee to serve as communication director, and then voted as assistant to the president for communication in 2020.
“I am truly thankful to the Lord for His leading in my life, and humbled that the executive committee has chosen me to assist in advancing the mission of our conference through the role of executive secretary,” says Hastick. “It will be an honor to support the presidential leadership of Elder Lutz, while partnering with our entire Chesapeake family in the churches and schools throughout the conference.”
Elder Hastick and his wife, Heather, met while attending Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, Md. Heather is a preschool teacher who has served as an Adventist educator for 14 years. The couple has three daughters, Brianna, Ashlyn and Aubrey.
“A hallmark of the Chesapeake Conference over the years has been its emphasis on mission,” says Hastick. “I believe the Lord has strategically positioned our conference to make an eternal impact in the lives of countless souls in our communities. There is no limit to what God can do as we work together in anticipation of the soon return of Jesus.”
Elder Hastick will take up his secretariat responsibilities, effective February 22, 2021.