FYI October 2008

Inside Scoop

Caldwell Accepts GC Communication Position

Garrett Caldwell, Upper Columbia Conference assistant to the president for communication since August of 2006, has accepted the invitation from the General Conference to serve as associate director of communication and public relations director for the world church. Caldwell holds a D.Min. degree in spirituality and story from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Former Dateline NBC Producer Joins Andrews University Faculty

Debbie Michel has accepted an associate professor of communication position at Andrews University. Michel brings 11 years of experience working for NBC television on such programs as NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Dateline NBC. She co-produced Dateline’s edition Saddam Hussein’s Capture, which was nominated for an Emmy. In addition, Michel received several awards for her work on NBC’s coverage of the D.C. Sniper story. Michel began teaching journalism classes at Andrews fall semester.

WWU Ranks Among Nation’s Best Universities

Walla Walla University again ranks among the nation's best colleges and universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s edition of America's Best Colleges. The magazine places WWU 36th in the Best Universities—Master’s section in the Western region of the United States. There were 572 universities in the category, and WWU was compared with 112 other universities in the western region. The magazine evaluated each institution based on broad categories, including freshman retention, graduation rates, class sizes, student-faculty ratio, acceptance rate and alumni giving.

Washington Conference Recognized for Blood Drive

Cascade Regional Blood Services has honored the Washington Conference for a blood drive in June. The bloodmobile is stationed three times during the week at Washington Conference Camp Meeting, and camp meeting attendees regularly line up to donate blood. "We're glad to partner with the blood drives," says Doug Bing, vice president for administration. "We hope to continue this partnership for a long time."

Have You Seen This?

GLEANER Launches E-newsletter

To help keep Northwest Adventists up-to-date with the latest news and better connected with church resources, the GLEANER is launching an e-newsletter, GleanerNow. This free service will provide breaking news and connect with Web-based ministries and resources from the Northwest and beyond. To sign up, visit


The August GLEANER scrambled some facts in the Oregon Conference story about the Woodburn church dedication. We incorrectly identified original charter members Dennis Colgan, Jim Green and Lula Eugene as former pastors, and left out some of the former pastors who participated: Willard Loewen, Richard Morris and Dale Ringering. Our sincere apologies to them and heartfelt gratitude for their dedicated service through the years.

In the September GLEANER, for the Portland Adventist Academy story "Northwest Students Complete Leadership Expedition," we wanted to say that the trip was funded by a Don Keele Award.

The Advent Movement

Harold Altamirano became assistant pastor of the Hillsboro (Ore.) Spanish/The Rock district in July. Keith Bowman began an internship at the Tabernacle Church (Portland, Ore.) in August. David Crockett, former pastor of the Palmer (Alaska) Church, became pastor at the Sandy (Ore.) Church in September. Mika Devoux began pastoring for the Samoa-Tokelau Church and the South Side Tacoma (Wash.) Samoan Company in August. Dacia Haning became the Oregon Conference executive assistant to vice president of administration in July. Se Bong Im became pastor of the Seattle (Wash.) Korean Church in August. Nathan Hellman began an internship with the Roseburg/Glide (Ore.) district in July. Roland Lehnoff became pastor of the Tacoma (Wash.) Southside Church in August. Steven Lundquist became an assistant pastor at Sunnyside (Ore.) Church in August. Jim McMurry left his position as pastor at Sonora (Calif.) Church to become the senior pastor at the Hood View (Ore.) Church.

October 01, 2008 / Intersections