Goldendale Welcomes New Pastoral Couple

April 01, 2010 | Elaine Kubler

The Goldendale Adventist Church held a "Pound Party" to welcome their new pastoral family, Sunday, Jan. 31.

Every attendee brought a non-perishable gift as a surprise for Tim and Lori (Atkins) Gray so they could set up housekeeping in their newly purchased house.

The Grays recently relocated to Goldendale, Wash., from La Grande, Ore., where they lived for five and a half years.

They met at Walla Walla College (now University) in 1973. Tim was taking theology and Lori was taking nursing. They both graduated in the 1970s. The Grays have three grown daughters: Yvonne, Evie and Marci.

Tim was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and is a Canadian citizen. Lori was born in Portland, Ore. Both were raised in Adventist families.

Lori was raised in the Meadow Glade area near Vancouver, Wash. She attended Meadow Glade Elementary School and graduated from Columbia Adventist Academy.