FYI - April 2008

Inside Scoop

Richard Hart Named President of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center

Richard Hart, Loma Linda University Chancellor and CEO, has been named president and chief executive officer of LLU's Adventist Health Sciences Center. He will replace B. Lyn Behrens, who retired in March. Hart has served LLU since 1972 in various academic appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. These include serving the Center for Health Promotion as director, and the School of Public Health as dean. Hart received his medical and master of public health degrees from LLU, and completed his internal medicine residency at LLU's Medical Center. He also holds a doctor of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Receives Third Four-Star Ranking

For the third straight year, ADRA has earned the coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of charities in the United States. ADRA is among 9 percent of 5,000 charitable organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator who have received at least three consecutive four-star ratings. Charity Navigator's zero-to-four ranking system measures a charity's financial health in two areas: how responsibly it carries out daily operations and how well positioned it is to sustain those operations. For more information, see or

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Take the Risk

In his recently released fourth book, Ben Carson challenges readers to look at risk-taking in a new light. Chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions, Carson faces risks each time he enters the operating room. In Take the Risk, he shares his "best/worst analysis" for considering the risks you face in life. In addition, the book covers the "risk" of faith and how Carson's consistent adherence to his faith has benefited his academic and professional life.

Free Mission DVDs

Adventist Mission is providing quarterly mission DVDs free to every church in North America. Each DVD contains mission features from around the world, which includes a brief highlight form and an extended feature. Children's stories and music videos are also included. Visit for more information or to request a copy.

Adventist Satellite

Former SkyAngel customers are being offered a complete system upgrade from Adventist Satellite. The service includes the following broadcasters: Hope Channel, 3ABN English and Latino, Loma Linda Broadcasting Network, Esperanza TV, Life Talk Radio, 3ABN Radio and Radio 74. For more information, visit or call (866) 552-6882.

The Advent Movement

Jon Corder is the new Oregon Conference vice president for finance. He comes from a similar position in the Upper Columbia Conference. Steven Rogers is now a Bible worker in the Spokane, Wash. area. Rogers previously worked 17 years for the Kelso-Longview, (Wash.) Church as a Bible worker. Larry Marsh was recently hired as the Upper Columbia Conference vice president for education. He will begin in May and comes from the Potomac Conference, serving there as superintendent for education. Peter Trzinski, pastor of the Wapato (Wash.) All Nations Church, has accepted the call to pastor the Othello, Quincy and Ephrata (Wash.) district. Lauina Vagana has recently resigned his position as the pastor of the Tacoma (Wash.) Samoan Church in order to return to Samoa, at of the end of February. Tom Lighthall is retiring April 1 as pastor of the Salmon, Idaho, and Wood River Valley (Hailey, Idaho) churches.


Jere D. Patzer, North Pacific Union Conference president, began treatment in Portland, Ore., on Monday, March 3, for a recurrence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which he successfully battled during 2006. The current medical prognosis anticipates a less aggressive treatment program and time frame than in 2006. Patzer hopes to complete treatment by early summer. For the latest updates, go to or the GLEANER Web site,

April 01, 2008 / Intersections