Washington Conference introduced two new vice presidents during camp meeting this year. Craig Carr will serve as vice president for administration, and Craig Mattson will serve as vice president for education.
"Camp meeting time is a good ministry boot camp," says Carr. "I heard many great stories of how God is working in and through the ministries of western Washington."
Ron Halvorsen Jr., Ohio Conference president, has turned down the Montana Conference invitation to serve as its next conference president. Halvorsen was elected by Montana delegates at the June 18 constituency session to replace Merlin Knowles who has retired.
Halvorsen, who served from 2002–2005 as pastor/chaplain at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont., said that both he and his wife, Buffy, believed the Lord still wanted them to continue their ministry in Ohio.
On June 10, 2017, Juan Fresse was introduced as Sunnyside Church’s new associate pastor in Portland, Ore. Fresse joins lead pastor Jonathan Russell and assistant pastor Kara Johnsson. He will assume leadership of Sunnyside’s youth and children’s ministries, being actively involved in mentoring, organizing and leading out in the activities of the young people of Sunnyside Church.
Just 10 minutes before the Rise Against Hunger and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) service project at Washington Adventist Camp Meeting, only 25 volunteers had shown up and signed in.
“We ended up having 175 people here helping us pack 20,000 meals,” says Jodi Iwankiw, local project coordinator.
Sarah Kimitsuka, a seventh-grade student at Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School (MGAES) in Battle Ground, Wash., won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 20, 2017, and advanced to the state competition, which was held on March 31.
The National Geographic Bee is open to students across the nation in grades four through eight. At MGAES, all eligible students participated in a grade-level competition. From that competition, the top two scores at each grade level participated in the school bee.
When Washington's Bellingham Church family sold its facility last year to move onto the same property as Baker View Adventist Christian School, they knew one thing for sure: The members wanted to be actively involved in the building process.
Church members along with Maranatha volunteers have done 90 percent of the work so far on the 16,000-square-foot facility, report church leaders.
Contractor Dale Mundy says the support of the Bellingham Church community has been extraordinary.
Noah Schmalenberger, a seventh-grade student at Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School (MGAES) in Battle Ground, Wash., was invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) Explore STEM this summer. The NYLF Explore STEM program is designed to give high-achieving middle school students an introduction to careers in the innovative and highly competitive fields of medicine, technology and engineering.
This past April marked the 10th year for the Spokane Valley Adventist Church’s production of Journey to the Cross — an amazing walk-through experience portraying Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
With a cast of more than 250 people from multiple denominations joining together to tell His story, Journey to the Cross has become a tradition that keeps people coming back year after year. This year, about 3,400 people attended — some for the first time and some for the second, fifth or 10th time.