Concerns Regarding Alex Bryan as the New President of WWU
background shows that he is capable, while having good intentions, of leading those under hischarge in the wrong direction. He can get in trouble. He desires to be a soul-winner. We commend this.Still, results have been problematic. In Georgia-Cumberland, the price was alienation from the Seventh-dayAdventist church, and a decision by the conference to terminate Bryan from employment. (He resignedbefore being terminated.) This resulted in a separation of the Congregation from the Seventh-dayAdventist church
. Most of the group became a Sunday observing church under Bryan’s leadership.
history of resigning from Seventh-day Adventist pastoral ministry before the conference couldfire him, pastoring a church on Sunday, leading what became a congregational church, one asks, how is itthat he is under consideration for the presidency of one of our Universities? He states that he has learnedfrom his mistakes, and the Georgia-Cumberland conference rehired him and placed him as an associatepastor for Mission and Ministry on the staff of the Collegedale Church, to be mentored by the SeniorPastor, in December 2007.
inexperience contributed to the loss of the church plant entrusted to him. Georgia-Cumberlandconference leadership sought to implement a plan for
corrective ministry action
by placing him with astrong pastoral team. This plan
was not carried to completion because of Bryan’s 2009 call to the WWU
church.Bryan wrote in 2009
, “We also need, in this local church revolution, a major transfer of funds from themany layers of governance back into local settings.”
Such thinking is similar to the ideas which led to
Bryan’s resignation from the ministry in 2002.
His failure to properly shepherd his misguided Roswell, Georgia flock is disappointing. Former Seventh-dayAdventists today are worshiping in the church he started, now led by his brother.
Less than 5 years ago,
Alex Bryan was associated with the leadership of a Sunday observing non-SDAchurch outside Seventh-day Adventist denominational employment. This experience is not compatible withbeing appointed the president of a Seventh-day Adventist University.Bryan continues to promote Spiritual Formation in his church. One assumes, as President, he would
continue this injection of Spiritual Formation into the WWU campus. We should “
Stay away from non-biblical spiritual disciplines or methods of spiritual formation that are rooted in mysticism such ascontemplative prayer, centering prayer, and the emerging church movement in which they are promoted
Elder Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference, July 3, 2010.
The presidential search process started with a document that outlined the job description of
the new president. This document concluded with 10 performance expectations, the 10
“Possess significant senior leadership experience, and have an earned doctoral degree and teaching experience at the college or university level.”
There are three
“expectations” identified in this single expectation
item. Bryan does not
“significantly” meet any of the three:
Adventist Today, Winter 2009 edition, page 9
. “The End of American Adventism?”