Delbert Baker Appointed as a General Conference Vice President

By: Robert Henley
Date: 06/28/10
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Dr. Delbert W. Baker, 57, president of Oakwood University, was appointed by the 240-member nominating committee of the 59th General Conference Session on June 27th, 2010 to serve as a vice-president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 

Baker leaves Oakwood University where he served as president of the university for 15 years. Baker’s new position will begin on August 1. His specific duties will be defined at a later date.

Dr. Delbert Baker is presented as a General Conference vice president.


Oakwood's Board of Trustees will appoint Baker's replacement in the fall.

Baker, who possesses a Master’s of Divinity from Andrews University and a Doctorate in Communications from Howard University, has served the church as a pastor, an editor and an educator form more than 35 years.

Baker served as pastor in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia from 1975-1985. In 1986 Baker served as editor of Message Magazine, the nation’s oldest black Christian magazine.  In 1993 Baker accepted an offer to become special assistant to the president and director of diversity at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. During his tenure at Loma Linda Baker dramatically increased the number of ethnic students at the university.

In 1996, Baker became the 10th president of Oakwood University (then Oakwood College), his alma mater.  During his tenure at Oakwood student enrollment increased. He also guided Oakwood's transition from a college to a university.

The 59th General Conference Session is a business meeting of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church from June 24 – July 3, 2010 in Atlanta. Occurring every five years, General Conference Session gathers representatives from the church around the world to elect leadership and determine the focus of mission. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainline protestant denomination with over 16.3 million members in 206 nations around the world. The Church’s headquarters is in Silver Spring, Md.


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marvin earle | Dec/07/11 08:12:09
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Carrie Leverett of Compton, California | Jul/13/10 09:07:34
Congratulations are in order to you, Dr. Baker. You know my husband, Horace Leverett, from the old Compton Ave. SDA Church back in the days. He sends his congratulations also. I have seen how you have grown over the years, you and Susan. I remember when you attending the Kansas Ave. Church in Riverside where Dr. Jesse Wilson was pastor. I was a visitor, but I sat in your Sabbath School class. What a remarkable person you are. I commend you for going on to Oakwood, making it a University, and now to the General Conference. MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR NEW POSITION. Hopefully to become the first Black President of the GC as President Obama did in the US. Highest CONGRATULATIONS to you! Carrie Leverett
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Doreen P. Washington | Jun/29/10 11:06:39
Congratulations to Dr. Delbert Baker on his appointment as a General Conference Vice President! What joy I feel deep down in my soul! God bless you, Dr. Del, and may you continue to do wonderful things for the Master!
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