Woman Elected Seventh-Day Adventist Head

ST. LOUIS — The Seventh-day Adventist Church elevated a woman Monday to a top leadership post for the first time in its history.

Ella Louise Smith Simmons, 57, will serve as one of nine vice presidents.

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“The church as an organization cannot be efficient until it allows all people to contribute in ways that God calls them to contribute,” she said. “The church is taking a step in the right direction.”

Simmons last served as provost and vice president for academic administration at La Sierra University, an Adventist college in Riverside, Calif.

Some 70,000 Seventh-day Adventist members are meeting in St. Louis for the group’s worldwide conference, which is held every five years. Church president Jan Paulsen was re-elected to his post Friday.

The Christian denomination has grown from more than 3 million members in 1980 to about 14 million baptized members in more than 200 countries, according to church statistics.

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