Groundbreaking Launches Building Phase

A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 6, marked the beginning of the building phase for the new Upper Columbia Conference headquarters to replace the office destroyed by fire in December 2008.

The ceremony, attended by Adventist church officials, area church members, county officials, architects and contractors, featured short comments from previous and current employees.

“We are very thankful for the miracles God has done thus far,” says Bill Skidmore, construction project coordinator. “As we begin construction, we want to dedicate the project and the workers to his service."

Contractors have already started laying the foundation and infrastructure for the new facility. The construction process will continue throughout the year with an expected completion date of April 2011.

Bob Folkenberg Jr., UCC president, says rebuilding the office sends a statement to members that God’s work in the Inland Northwest isn’t done yet. “We’re moving forward, sharing Christ and the good news that He’s coming soon,” says Folkenberg.

The conference has set up a Webcam to show the construction progress. Visit