May 13, 2017: Ordination of Pastor Laton Smith
The ordination service of Pastor Laton Smith on May 13, 2017.
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Pastor Laton Smith was an Associate Pastor at Plantation SDA Church during his time at Plantation.
Pastor Laton Smith's journey into ministry began at the age of 8 when he preached his first sermon after the death of his father. He graduated from William A. Kirlew Jr. Academy and enrolled at Greater Miami Adventist Academy, there he played sports and participated in the Student Association. While at GMAA he realized the seriousness of his calling. After graduating GMAA he attended Southern Adventist University. In 2008 he graduated from Southern Adventist University and was given the opportunity to continue his education at Andrews University with a sponsorship from the Florida Conference of SDA to pursue a Master's of Divinity.
He is currently the senior district pastor of the Kendall and Homestead SDA Churches. In August of 2016 he joined his life with his wife Itzel Smith and celebrates the fact that when we let God choose he chooses the best.
His hope is that everyday he can inspire people to see that everyone has the potential to become a leader through there God given purpose.
Mike Cauley was born in Bradenton, FL and raised in Jacksonville. He attended SAU where he met and later married his wife Dottie in 1974.
He served as a pastor in the Southern Union for 15 years. And then 2 years as Executive Secretary in Pennsylvania Conference and 8 1/2 years as Conference President in Pennsylvania.
In 2003 He was elected as Conference President of the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and served for 14 1/2 years.
He completed a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2006. Mike has a passion to see people of all ages grow to reach their God-given potential and is currently serving as a leadership coach and consultant for pastors and church leaders.
Dr. Ron C. Smith, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a product of Christian education and
was mentored in the Seventh-day Adventist ministry by his late father, Pastor Doc
As a graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology
and Biblical Languages, he pursued his Master of Divinity degree from Andrews
University, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Theological
Seminary in NY in 1985, and a Ph.D. from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
in Pasadena, CA, in 1995.
As a pastor, he has served congregations on the east and west coasts of North
After serving for eight years as vice president of the Review and Herald Publishing
Association and editor of Message magazine, Ron joined the Southern Union
administration and served as executive secretary. Since 2011, he has served as the
president of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
He has been married to Yolanda for 38 years. They have two adult children who
have dedicated their lives to introducing people to Jesus.
Pastor Rodolfo Alvir- Abraham.
Pastor Alvir completed his undergrad (Theology) in Montemorelos University, Mexico in 1995. and his MDiv at Andrews University in USA in 2007.
He has worked in Mexico, USA and most recently in Canada, he has served as a District Pastor, Conference Youth Director and Assoc. of Ministerial Department. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Red Deer SDA in Alberta.
He is married to Alexandra Hichez and together they have two children; Juan Jose (J.J.) and Sarai. “As a family we enjoy and are committed to Ministry”.
Pastor Alvir is a vibrant Pastor with a very young heart, he likes preaching and learning more about it. he loves to make new friends and enjoys spending long hours with old ones. He feels very relax and comfortable when helping young people, guiding them in matters of Spirituality, Discipleship and everyday life. “I love to see young people enjoy their Christian walk”