Monte Church Retires
Monte Church, who has served North Pacific Union Conference native ministries for more than two decades, will retire in September. In addition to directing activities of native churches throughout the Northwest, Church is well-known for his successful Native New Day lessons and video programs featured on Safe TV and the Hope Channel. Even though he will be officially retired, Church will continue to supervise some Northwest native work for a time on a stipend basis.
GC Session Taps Northwest Personnel
Elections at this summer's General Conference Session in Atlanta, Ga., have three Northwest leaders undergoing transitions:
Myron Iseminger, Upper Columbia Conference vice president of finance since 2008, has accepted the call to become an associate secretary for the world church. Myron and his wife, Candace, have served in various parts of the world, most recently at the Southern Asia-Pacific Division offices in the Philippines. The Isemingers also served the Northwest for several years in the Montana Conference.
Fred Hardinge, long-associated with UCC, is the new GC associate health ministries director. Hardinge's background includes pastoral ministry, academic teaching, community health education, corporate training and consultation, administration, and private health counseling. He served as UCC associate health ministries director and helped start Bibleinfo.com.
Paul Edwards is the new associate director of GC Auditing Services for the Trans-Asia-Pacific Region, headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Edwards has most recently headed the GC Auditing Services in the Northwest, with offices at the North Pacific Union Conference in Ridgefield, Wash. The TAP Region was formerly three divisions: Southern Pacific, Southern-Asia Pacific and Northern-Asia.