Trade Mark Takeover War Related to Dismissal of Pr Gary Kent

Posted May 24, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Newsletters Hits: 1,250

[Second  Statement from Gary Kent Supporters] 

Supporters of Gary Kent – Official Release
Media Release
23rd May 2017


The South Pacific Division released a new media statement on Friday 21st May regarding the ownership of It Is Written Oceania.  Many of the facts in this media release were inaccurate and untrue.

This continues the South Pacific Division’s attempt to sideline and silence the leading evangelistic ministries of the General Conference who daily engage in public evangelism spreading the “The Three Angels Message” in Australia.

The information below outlines recent trademark registration by the South Pacific Division and is information available to the public via Australia Government IP.

• It is Written – Lodgement Date 19th December 2013
• It is Written Oceania – Lodgement Date 25th August 2009
• Voice of Prophecy – Lodgement Date 19th Dec 2013
• Amazing Facts Oceania – Lodgement Date 19th April 2015

None of the above entities were advised of the South Pacific Division’s intent to register their business names as trademarks.  We have been told that the Amazing Facts Oceania registration was only discovered when a USA based trademark expert notified the administration in the United States.  Amazing Facts wrote to the South Pacific Division asking them to drop the application.  The division refused and trademark lawyers ruled that the South Pacific Division did not act “in Good Faith” with their trademark application and it was deregistered.  Both It Is Written USA and Voice of Prophecy sought the same outcome and have written to the South Pacific Division which have continued to deny their requests. In fact, the registration of another Seventh Day Adventist Church’s name is violation of the General Conference working policy BA 40 37 which states:

“If a denomination entity wishes to use a trademark that is owned or already in use by
another entity, other than the General Conference, the entity must first obtain permission
from the entity that owns or is using the trademark”.

The registration of trade marks by the South Pacific Division (SPD) and Adventist Media is simply a battle to control the message that is distributed by these conservative evangelistic ministries.  The South Pacific Division seeks to limit the evangelistic message of these entities.

Further evidence can be seen in the following actions of the SPD after registration of trademark:

• The dismissal of the It Is Written Management Committee made up of church members, donors and a representative of the South Pacific Division in September 2015 and replaced by an Adventist Media Committee with only staff of the SPD, the union presidents and a conference treasurer.

• Introduction of new Strategic document with the following requirements:

1. “The It Is Written Management Committee will be abandoned.  In future, any strategic and operational decisions and approvals will come through to the ADCOM”

2. ..”the directions of the CEO and other members of ADCOM group are not negotiable and any one unwilling to accept this will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action..”

3. “The focus of It Is Written Oceania programs will be on providing biblical solutions in spiritual challenges and questions in life. Put in another way, it will be a teaching program.”

4. “All scripts, regardless of their source are to be signed off by the Adventist Media Committee before being given to production”

The SPD has removed itself from any association with It Is Written (USA) and changed its core mission from the original mission statement, which states as follows:

“It Is Written is dedicated to sharing insights from God’s Word with people around the world.  Founded in 1956 by George Vandeman, the theme of this ministry can be found in Matthew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

The dismissal of Pr Gary Kent removed the last link between its original founding principles and parent entity It Is Written (USA).

Yours truly,

Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia & Donors of It Is Written