McPherson to Retire

Stephen L. McPherson, Idaho Conference president since 1988, announced his plans to retire as of Jan. 1, 2011, at the November conference executive committee meeting. A search process has begun to allow the conference executive committee to elect a new president at its Feb. 20 meeting before constituency session at Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho, on May 22.

McPherson began his ministry in Arizona in 1966, moving to Minnesota in 1970 and then to Alaska in 1981. He served as Alaska Conference president prior to accepting the call to Idaho. He and his wife, Sharon, plan to remain in the Treasure Valley.

Canals Elected to NPUC Ministerial Role

Ramon Canals, NPUC vice president for Hispanic ministries, has added the assignment of ministerial director to his other responsibilities. The NPUC executive committee elected him to this position in its regular meeting Nov. 17, 2010, to replace Dan Serns, who left the Northwest in the summer of 2010 to pastor in Texas. Canals is the first person of Hispanic ethnicity to hold this position for the NPUC.

Northwest Media Ministries Hold Fundraisers

Several Adventist media ministries held successful fundraisers toward the end of 2010. Blue Mountain Television in Walla Walla, Wash., held its Sharathon in mid-November, raising more than $42,000. KTSY radio in Boise, Idaho, and KTFY serving Twin Falls, Idaho, together raised nearly $600,000 during their Fall Sharathon. More than 1,000 donors raised $159,000 for Positive Life Radio's annual Rice for Cambodia campaign. Organized by Kevin Krueger, PLR general manager (pictured here on a recent trip to Cambodia), the donations, the highest total in PLR's 10-year collaboration with the project, will cover the cost for nearly 400 tons of rice to feed 16,000 families for one month. KACS radio in Chehalis, Wash., raised more than $90,000 toward its annual goal of $95,000.