Washington Conference Elects a New President

A new president for Washington Conference was nominated and elected on Dec. 13, 2016, after a day of evaluating the ministry needs of Washington Conference and reviewing a list of candidates.

Douglas L. Bing transitions from serving as vice president for administration to president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in western Washington.

Alaska Elects New President

The 17th Alaska Conference Regular Constituency Session got off to a warm and welcome start on Sunday, July 24, with a pancake breakfast served to delegates by conference leadership.

The session, which came on the heels of the South Central Camp Meeting at Pioneer Camp Ground in Palmer, Alaska, proved that food always helps to bring a crowd. Once the pancakes were polished off, the official roll call revealed that 161 of a potential 186 delegates were in attendance for the business at hand.

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:

Big Lake Staff Member Dies in Fall

The following statement has been posted on the Oregon Conference website regarding the death of Brian Robak, contract staff member at the conference's Big Lake Youth Camp near Sisters, Ore.

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.

Camp Meetings are Here!

It's camp meeting time in the Northwest!

Idaho Conference English and Spanish-language camp meetings wrap up several days of fellowship June 18 on the campus of Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho. Featured speaker for both Idaho events is Jose Rojas.

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.

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