Familiar Faces in New Roles at Conference Office
Although they are not new to Upper Columbia Conference, two new faces can be seen in the office in Spokane.
Cheri Corder joins the conference office team to lead the Sabbath School, Vacation Bible School and Adventist Community Services ministries after working for Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) for the past nine years as communication director. In leading the HOPE Taskforce at UCA, Corder involved hundreds of students in a variety of service activities, which both captured the imaginations of those who served and met deeply felt community needs, both locally and internationally.
Corder may also be familiar to many around the conference because of her previous leadership and teaching roles in Women’s Ministry events. A creative thinker, excellent communicator and passionate servant, Corder will be an asset who will benefit the whole conference. Her personal goal as she ministers around the conference is to “consider how [she can lead us to] spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24, NIV).
Bill Skidmore, who most recently served as pastor of the Fairfield and Farmington churches, comes to the office with a wealth of administrative experience as well. Having managed Adventist Book Centers around the North American Division as well as having served as director of advertising for the Pacific Press Publishing Association and vice president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, Skidmore joins the conference office team as director of human resources and stewardship.
With a pastor’s heart and a gentle and caring spirit, Skidmore’s main goal is to bring professionalism and ministry with him wherever God leads him to serve. “It was a difficult choice to leave pastoral ministry,” Skidmore says, “but the people here in the office need to be ministered to as well.” When he is not in a meeting or working diligently on his computer, Skidmore can often be seen praying with office staff. His presence inspires a combination of confidence and peace.
Both Corder and Skidmore look forward to serving the congregations of Upper Columbia through preaching, teaching, conducting seminars and through other collaborative efforts in order to help finish the work of Christ.