The congregation reflected on its roots and looked to the future during a two-day anniversary celebration.
Goya led Chesapeake Conference’s Adventist Community Services during the pandemic.
Ignacio Goya, Adventist Community Services field director for Chesapeake Conference, has accepted a call to serve as the director of the Center for Community Change at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Goya has been an integral part of the ChesapeakeConference since 2015 and has served as a pastor for the Linthicum, Pasadena, and Westminster churches.
During his tenure, Goya led the conference’s community response to some of the most pressing issues of recent years, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Afghan refugee crisis. His efforts have been instrumental in providing aid and support to community needs.
Goya expressed gratitude for the time he spent in the conference, saying, “I’m going to remember my good friends, the lessons learned, the amazing miracles, and the opportunities to show the love of Jesus to so many people in the Chesapeake territory. I will also remember the lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Goya’s new position at Andrews University presents an opportunity to further his mission of serving and helping others. He expressed his excitement for this new chapter, stating, “I’m looking forward to seeing Christ’s method alone become part of the DNA of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
Andre Hastick, Chesapeake Conference executive secretary, praised Goya’s contributions over the years and wished him and his family well as they transition to their new area of ministry. “Pastor Goya has been exceptional in his leadership as the Adventist Community Services leader,” he said. “The Lord used him to create collaborative partnerships with local community and state entities, which proved exceedingly helpful over the years, especially during the pandemic. We thank Pastor Goya for his many years of faithful service, and the rich legacy of service he leaves behind.”