Nominating Committee Process

The nominating process

A major function of the upcoming constituency session will be to elect the six conference officers; 27 members of the executive committee, the governing body of SECC; and the nine bylaws committee members for the next quinquennium.

Our denomination has a representative form of governance and the conference nominating committee is very similar to the local church nominating committee. The process allows for every church in SECC to participate in the decision of who is elected to serve. Nominations will come from the nominating committee to the floor of the SECC Constituency Session meeting on October 7, 2018 for a vote by all delegates present.


SECC bylaws give clear direction as to the process and procedure of the selecting of the nominating committee and the function of that committee.

Make Up Of Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee

This video shares the purpose and function of the nominating committee.

The first meeting of the nominating committee will be announced soon. The nominating committee is a standing committee of the conference.

The nominating committee has 27 members and six members are chosen by the various groups they represent:

  1. Two members of the executive committee are chosen. As there are a few members of the executive committee that are not eligible for re-election as they have served for the two-term limit the names of Fabiola Guzman and Mark Johnston were selected.
  2. One person was selected by the executive committee to represent conference institutions (typically, this has alternated between Loma Linda University and La Sierra University). Yamilet Bazan, Vice President for Student Life, was selected.
  3. One member of the bylaws committee. Julianna Madison, the current bylaws chair, is representing this group.
  4. One pastor of a constituent congregation is part of the group and Chris Oberg, senior pastor of La Sierra University church, was elected by the pastors of the conference.
  5. One representative of the conference board of education is part of the nominating committee. Amy Cornwall, conference curriculum coach, will represent this group.
SECC Nominating Committee Members • 2018-2023
Patricia BurgosFOrangeMulticulturalOrange Church
Amy Cornwall**FRiversideMulticulturalLa Sierra University Church
Chris Oberg*****FRiversideMulticulturalLa Sierra University Church
Mandy ShultzFRiversideMulticulturalLa Sierra University Church
Yamilet Bazan****FRiversideMulticulturalLa Sierra University Church
Amber Oropeza FSan Bernardino MulticulturalArden Hills Church
Chelsea BartlettFSan Bernardino MulticulturalLoma Linda University Church
Fabiola Guzman***FSan Bernardino MulticulturalLoma Linda University Church
Rochelle WebsterFSan Bernardino MulticulturalRedlands Church
Valinda GreeneFSan DiegoMulticulturalChula Vista Church
Esther LeeFSan Bernardino Asian/PacificLoma Linda Korean Church
Danette BatisteFRiversideBlackRiverside Kansas Ave Church
Julihana Madison*FRiversideBlackMt Rubidoux Church
Pendeza LawrenceFSan DiegoBlackSan Diego 31st Street Church
Abigail GarciaFRiversideHispanicTemecula Valley Spanish Company
Oscar OlivarriaMImperialMulticulturalEl Centro Church
Curtis WrightMRiversideMulticulturalDesert Hot Springs Church
Fritz GuyMRiversideMulticulturalLa Sierra University Church
Mark FordMRiversideMulticulturalArlington Church
Arthur BlinciMSan BernardinoMulticulturalAzure Hills Church
Tae ImMSan DiegoAsian/PacificSan Diego Central Church
Allen SovoryMSan BernardinoBlackSan Bernardino 16th Street Church
Mark Johnston***MImperialHispanicCalexico Spanish Church
Caleb JaraMOrangeHispanicSanta Ana Spanish Church
Harold GuizarMSan BernardinoHispanicYucaipa Valley Spanish Church
Ricardo Torres, JrMSan BernardinoHispanicBarstow Bilingual Church
Flaviano DalisayMSan DiegoHispanicSan Diego Broadway Spanish Church
*Bylaws CommitteeImperial2F15Multicultural15
**Education BoardOrange2M12Asian/Pacific2
***Executive CommitteeRiverside10Black4
****Institution | La Sierra UniversitySan Bernardino9Hispanic6
*****PastorSan Diego4
Meeting of Nominating Committee

The first meeting of the nominating committee will be on August 12, 2018.  Their first task will be to organize the committee, under the temporary chair of the conference president, by selecting a chair, an associate chair and a secretary. Once the committee is organized, it will proceed on its own with the conference president, and the union president serving as advisors.

The bylaws instruct, “its meetings shall be closed except to hear persons who make prior arrangements with the chair” (Bylaws of SECC, Section 6.5.b)

Duties of the Nominating Committee

Duties of the Nominating Committee are to nominate:

  • A President
  • A Secretary
  • A Treasurer
  • A Vice President for Asian/Pacific Ministries
  • A Vice President for Black Ministries
  • A Vice President for Hispanic Ministries
  • Members of the Executive Committee
  • Members of the Bylaws Committee


Nominating Committee Report
The report from the nominating committee can be found in the Session Book. An entire section is devoted to the process this committee undertook.