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On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Seventh-day Adventist Church (British Columbia Conference) Board of Directors unanimously elected Dr. Ern Brake as the new Assistant to the President for REACH. Ern will start his REACH duties immediately as well as continue his Ministerial Director duties until the Board of Directors fills that position.

Ern Brake came from a Canadian Air Force family and grew up in Europe and Atlantic Canada. He was converted from atheism in 1980 at the age of 20 while attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ern’s first contact with the Seventh-day Adventist Church was in response to an "It Is Written" telecast. 

After resigning his position at VIA Rails Canada for Sabbath reasons, he took theology at Canadian University College, graduating with his new bride, June, in 1985. Together, with their son, Michael, Ern ministered in Newfoundland as a pastor, and June as a school principal. The Brake family moved to British Columbia in 1997, a homecoming for June who is from Victoria. Ern started serving as Ministerial Director in 2010, receiving his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Andrews University soon afterwards, in which he studied Adventist Ministry for the Postmodern Mindset.

As the new Assistant to the President for REACH, Dr. Brake’s challenge will be to develop, promote and assess the implementation of strategies for REACH BC & Yukon. This will include connecting with leaders throughout the Conference with a focus on mission, strategic planning, collaboration and accountability.

REACH BC & Yukon is a strategy framed around an enduring set of values that characterize a mission-driven church of excellence. These core values are: R: Revival & Transformation; E: Education for Discipleship; A: Alignment within the Church; C: Community Outreach & Evangelism; H: Healthy Leadership & Management.

The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (British Columbia Conference) is to help local churches and schools REACH British Columbia & the Yukon with a Christ-centered message of HOPE & WHOLENESS. 


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