FYI - August 2008

Inside Scoop

Melashenko Leaves Voice of Prophecy

Lonnie Melashenko has left his position as speaker/director of the Voice of Prophecy to assume the role of vice president of spiritual services and missions for the Kettering Health Network in Ohio. During his 17 years of service, Melashenko has been a key asset at the Voice of Prophecy. Melashenko has agreed to represent the organization at various speaking appointments and the evangelistic outreach in Hong Kong this fall.

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Weimar Academy and College get "New Start"

After recently joining ministries, the boards at Amazing Facts and Weimar have voted to keep the Weimar Academy and College open for the upcoming school year. Earlier this year, Weimar faced a serious financial shortfall that threatened operations. However, with the help of Amazing Facts, the college and academy are now renovating facilities and hiring new staff for classes this fall. Neil Nedley, M.D., author of Proof Positive and Depression—A Way Out, has accepted the call to become president of the Weimar Center of Health and Education.


Rod Bieber left the John Day (Ore.) district July 1 to pastor the Chandron, Crawford and Gordon (Neb.) churches in the Kansas-Nebraska Conference. Paul Cole retired July 1 from his work in the Oregon Conference. David Ballard left the Dalles/Wahkiacus (Ore.) district May 15 to pastor the Newberg/Hopewell (Ore.) district. Se Bong Im has accepted the pastoral position at the Seattle Korean Church in Everett (Wash.). Im has been the pastor of the Olympic Korean Church in the Southern California Conference for the past 10 years. Elmer Dow, pastor of the Havre (Mont.) district, made the decision to go on permanent disability July 1. Casey Higgins, pastor of the Helena (Mont.) district, is transferring to the Kalispell (Mont.) district to be the senior pastor. Current pastor, Tom Glatts, will continue in Kalispell as the associate pastor with emphasis on building up small congregations. Reuben Hubbard joined the Burns (Ore.) Church July 1 as a half-time pastor for evangelism. Joon Hwan Huh accepted a pastoral position with the Eastside Korean Company (Wash.) on July 5. Roland Lehnhoff has accepted the pastoral position at the Tacoma (Wash.) South Side Church. The Lehnhoffs have served nine years at the Auburn (Wash.) City Church. Walter Mancia, previously of the Riverside/Stevenson district, was installed as pastor of the Valley View Church on May 15. Mike Martinez, pastor of the Billings (Mont.) district, is transferring to the Arkansas/Louisiana Conference to pastor the Bentonville (Ark.) Church. Jim McMurry accepted the invitation to pastor the Hood View (Ore.) Church. McMurry comes from the Sonora (Calif.) Church. Alvin Payne, assistant pastor at the Hillsboro Spanish/ and The Rock Church (Ore.), accepted a call to the Chesapeake Conference. Mike Schwartz became the new principal of Bakersfield (Calif.) Adventist Academy July 1, leaving the same position at Gem State Academy. Ron Smith has fully retired from his work in the Oregon Conference. Anthony Thomsen is the new pastor of the Salmon and Wood River Valley (Idaho) churches as of July 1. Craig Wiley became the new science teacher at Gem State Academy on July 1. He comes from a similar position at Dakota Adventist Academy.


In the July's Advent Movement we listed Brian Sutterlund as replacing Aaron Woehler at Gem State Academy. The correct spelling of his name is Setterlund.

August 01, 2008 / Intersections