After 44 years of ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Max Torkelsen is retiring, effective Sept. 25, 2016, at the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) constituency session.
Our Creation Study Center in Ridgefield, Washington, includes two large wall murals (of Mount St. Helens erupting and a dinosaur caught in the Genesis Flood), a gigantic 5-foot dinosaur femur bone, and a hands-on sand area where kids can dig up and keep fossils.
Our efforts have delivered more than 235,000 books and 1.3 million pieces of free literature after visiting more than 2 million homes in the Northwest.
Every Northwest Adventist institution has an obligation to carry out its mission with an honest regard for financial accountability. Part of that accountability comes in the form of regular audits of financial records — many of which are done by the staff from the regional office of the General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS) located in Vancouver, Washington.
Faith and Learning
A Report to the Constituency of Walla Walla University
At Walla Walla University, learning takes place within a framework of faith. “It’s the context in which we conduct our academic pursuits,” says Bob Cushman, vice president for academic administration. “Faith pervades the entire range of life and learning here.”
More than 2 million pages are printed each month to provide the Gleaner to Northwest Adventist homes.
During 2014–2015, the Gleaner received eight awards from the Society of Adventist Communicators, including Best Magazine, Best Feature, Best Column, Best Website and Best E-Newsletter.
$678,022 was given by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) for Hispanic scholarships within the K–12 educational program.
A total of $19,223,642 was given by the NPUC and its conferences to Walla Walla University.
The NPUC received a clean, unqualified audit opinion for each year during this quinquennium.
Broke the 100,000 membership mark on June 30, 2016.
Is the only union in the North American Division that has taken average church attendance figures from all churches during the past four years.
Held one conference clerk training session and one retirement training session for conference clerks during the past five years.