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President of the Allegheny East Conference Henry J. Fordham and his wife Sharon pass away in a house fire.

President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, sends message of condolence.

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Allegheny East Conference/Ted N.C. Wilson, president, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The Adventist Church in the Allegheny East Conference, located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is devastated to report the passing of our beloved president, Henry J. Fordham, III and his loving wife Sharon Fordham. They passed tragically in a house fire. More information will be shared as received. We are soliciting urgent prayers for the Fordham and AEC family as we process this great loss for our conference.

President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, shared his heart-felt condolences on Facebook.

What tragic and disheartening news to hear of the passing of Pastor Henry and Mrs. Sharon Fordham. Pastor Fordham, president of the Allegheny East Conference, was a trusted church administrator and a longtime friend. He came from a long line of faithful Adventist leaders. His kind and godly leadership will be missed by all, and by me personally. I recall attending a few years ago the opening of the new Allegheny East Conference headquarters and also experiencing the beautiful setting of the Pine Forge Academy property. He and his wife, Sharon, gave loving care to the Allegheny East family, and their passing will be strongly felt by all. What a shock to see this announcement. According to reports, the Fordhams passed away in a house fire. Our hearts go out to the grieving family members and all church members of the Allegheny East Conference. May the Holy Spirit comfort each of you and may the Lord come soon! 

More information will be disseminated by the Allegheny East Conference as it becomes available.