Dick Duerksen

Oregon Conference storycatcher and storyteller

When I Was 35

When I was 35 years old I was an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor and an academy principal.


Gladstone Camp Meeting Celebrates Kids, Reformation

Camp meeting is marked by planning, anticipation, exertion, exhaustion and spiritual uplift.

Planning for the next year begins right after camp meeting is over.


No Frijoles?

“Really?” I responded in starving amazement.

“Yes. It is true. We are out of beans, but if you wait about 45 minutes, we’ll have some.”


Beneath the Hoodie

Let’s call him Isaac because that’s not his name. He lives in a sweatshirt, a hoodie that hides his eyes so he can feel invisible. But, he’s not invisible; he’s just hiding.



“If I go to heaven immediately when I die, why stay alive?”


Salvation for Dummies

The “For Dummies” books have made a ton of money for writers and publishers. There are scores of titles, each one describing complex tasks in simple language.


One Page

“And, finally, Lord, please bless the missionaries and the colporteurs around the world.”


The Touch of God

I was looking for elk hide, enough to make a new set of buckskins for the Fort Bridger Mountain Man rendezvous. A banker friend, who looked like a 1920 fur trapper, recommended I “wander up to St.


The Walrus Hunter

He was a hunter, a Siberian Yupik who lived in the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the western half of the Bering Sea. An American, living 30 miles from Russia.


Big Lake Staff Member Dies in Fall

Big Lake staff member Brian Robak, 28, fell to his death while returning from the summit of Mount Washington Thursday afternoon, June 30.