Prest is New Idaho President

David Prest Jr. has accepted the invitation of the Idaho Conference executive committee to become conference president. He will fill the position left open upon Steve McPherson's retirement. Prest graduated from Southern Missionary College in 1982 and has pastored churches in North and South Carolina as well as in Alaska. Since 2001, he has served as the Montana Conference church ministries and trust services director. Prest and his wife, Ellen, have two sons, Jonathan (20) and Michael (15).

NPUC Honors Don Gray

Don Gray, longtime champion of Adventist evangelism, was honored during the March 2 North Pacific Union Conference executive-committee session. Max Torkelsen, NPUC president, and Al Reimche, Oregon Conference president, presented an engraved plaque to Gray in recognition of his "innovative leadership, passion for new media and legacy of evangelistic ideas and success."

Gray and his wife, Marge, began their pastoral ministry in 1946 in a five-church district in Oregon. They served in Oregon, Upper Columbia and Idaho conferences for many years. He finished his official pastoral career in Michigan in 1988. Since then, Gray has been active in retirement, helping create the New Beginnings DVD program distributed in 40 languages and birthing the successful model for ShareHim.