FYI July 2008

Associate GC Communication Director Dies

Reger C. Smith Jr., a Seventh-day Adventist musician and designer who served as the world church's associate communication director for public relations, died May 8 at his home in Silver Spring, Md., following a lengthy illness. He was 54. Smith spent more than 27 years in service to the Adventist Church, beginning in Battle Creek, Mich. From 1998 to 2001, he was at the church-owned Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Md. Since 2001, Smith served at the world headquarters.

20 Questions God Wants to Ask You

Throughout the Bible, God has used questions to reveal truth to people. In his recently published book, 20 Questions God Wants to Ask You, Troy Fitzgerald, Walla Walla University Church youth pastor, writes about the questions God asks and shares how our responses can lead us into a deeper relationship with Him. You can find this book at Adventist Book Centers or online at

Nevada-Utah President

Larry Unterseher has accepted the presidency of the Nevada-Utah Conference. Unterseher, who previously directed communication and education departments in the Montana Conference, replaces Brad Newton, who was recently elected executive secretary of the Pacific Union.

The Advent Movement:

Tom Decker left Olympia (Wash.) Transformation Life Church June 1 to become the associate pastor at the Auburn (Wash.) City Church June 30. He replaces Rick Quast, who retired in 2007. The Love of Life Church was added to the Maranatha Church district in May. Wally Lyder, pastor, will now serve both churches. Myron Iseminger accepted the call to be vice president for finance of the Upper Columbia Conference. He begins in July, and comes from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division where he was associate treasurer/personnel director. Randy Lee will be leaving the Tacoma Korean Church July 1 and beginning a new career. Suk Bae Kang, pastor of the Eastside Korean Company in Bellevue (Wash.) will be replacing Lee at that time. Peter McPherson accepted the position of principal at Gem State Adventist Academy (Caldwell, Idaho). He is leaving Livingstone Adventist Academy (Salem, Ore.) where he served as chair of the History department. North Creek (Wash.) Church is being added to the district of the Startup and Snohomish (Wash.) churches under the leadership of Ron Priest, pastor, effective July 1. Troy Patzer accepted the position of Upper Columbia Academy (Spangle, Wash.) principal for the 2008-2009 school year. Patzer begins July 1, and has served as the vice president for student administration and accountant at UCA. Shoreline (Wash.) Church is being added to the Ballard (Wash.) church district July 1. Wayne Gayton, pastor, will lead the district. Tyler Stewart, and his wife Vonette, have accepted the pastoral position at Eastside Fellowship (Kirkland, Wash.). They will be replacing Matthew Gamble. Tyler will also serve as half-time chaplain at Puget Sound Adventist Academy. Robert Wasmer is retiring from his postion as Gem State Adventist Academy (Caldwell, Idaho) science teacher. Tim Williams, who is currently at Andrews University Theological Seminary, is joining the Washington Conference July 1 as a pastoral intern. He will be working with Gary Fogelquist, pastor at the North Cascade Church. Aaron Woehler is leaving the Gem State Adventist Academy (Caldwell, Idaho) math and IT departments to serve at Anchorage Junior Academy. He is being replaced by Brian Sutterlund.

July 01, 2008 / Intersections