NPUC Membership Tops 100,000

Membership in the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) has topped 100,000 for the first time, according to official reports issued June 30. The union had 5,600 members when it was originally formed in 1906.

Divided among the six local conferences within the NPUC, the 100,210 members are located as follows:

NPUC Nominating Committee Invites Comments

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) nominating committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17, to consider candidates to replace outgoing NPUC president Max Torkelsen. Torkelsen will officially retire at the upcoming NPUC constituency session on Sept. 25. The nominating committee is expected to approve a recommended name for the presidential position to be voted on by delegates at the constituency session. Northwest members are encouraged to send comments for the committee to consider during its Aug. 17 meeting.

Pflugrad to Join NPUC Education Team

Golda Pflugrad has accepted the invitation to serve the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) as a full-time coordinator for early childhood education and care (ECEC) and K–12 education projects. Upon joining the NPUC Office of Education team in July, she will fill vacancies left by the retirements of Sue Patzer and Carol Dodge.

NPUC Approves Two Digital Media Grants

Early this year, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) announced its desire to provide matching grants for digital media projects to strengthen the church’s mission throughout the Northwest. A maximum of six grants up to $10,000 each were made available for 2016. Potential applicants were directed to the digital media fund online page for more information.

During May, two such matching grants were approved.

Torkelsen Announces Retirement Plans

Max Torkelsen plans to retire as North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) president at this year’s NPUC constituency session on Sept. 25. He formally announced his decision to the NPUC executive committee during the regular May 4 meeting in College Place, Wash.

Torkelsen has been NPUC president since November 2008, when he was elected to replace the deceased Jere Patzer. Prior to that he had served more than a decade as president of Upper Columbia Conference, and before that, as the conference’s communication director.

Currier Is New NPUC Association Treasurer

Allee Currier has been selected as the new North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) association and trust services treasurer. Currier, who has served as assistant treasurer of the association and trust services since 2011, replaces Jon Corder who is transitioning to the Lake Union Conference based in Michigan.

De León Begins Hispanic and Ministerial Role

César De León will begin a new role in June as the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) vice president for Hispanic ministries and director of ministerial and evangelism efforts. De León will be coming to the NPUC from the Central California Conference headquarters in Clovis, Calif., where he has directed the ministerial and evangelism departments for that region since 2011.

WWU Students Take Top Film Awards

Walla Walla University (WWU) students took top awards for a second year in a row at SONscreen Film Festival 2016 on March 31–April 2, 2016.

Grant Perdew, international communications graduate, won Best in Festival for his film The Exquisite Outdoors. This film also won top prize in the Best Dramatic Short category. Erik Edstrom, industrial design graduate, won Best Cinematography for that same film.

Edstrom and Jesse Churchill, a theology graduate, took the festival’s top award in 2015 for their film titled The Way.

Northwest Transitions

Corder Accepts Lake Union Position