Idaho Constituency Report

September 01, 2011 | Don Klinger

"Disciples in Action" was the theme for the 52nd-Session of the Idaho Conference, which met May 22 at Gem State Adventist Academy. This theme anticipates conference membership being motivated and involved in making disciples for the kingdom. In his devotional, Max Torkelsen, North Pacific Union Conference president, encouraged delegates to get involved in working together to help others have a love relationship with Christ.

The 331 delegates unanimously elected David Prest Jr. as president for the ensuing quadrennium. He comes to Idaho Conference from the Montana Conference, where he worked as a departmental director. Don Klinger was reelected as vice president for administration, communication and planned giving. Gary Johnson from Hawaii was elected vice president for finance. Paulette Jackson was reelected superintendent of education.

The delegates took time to recognize Harold Dixon, retiring vice president for finance, for his more than 41 years of service to the Seventh-day Adventist church, primarily in the Northwest.

Because Gary Johnson declined the invitation, the Conference Executive Committee subsequently elected John Rogers, Oregon Conference undertreasurer, to serve as vice president for finance. Rogers and his family moved to Idaho in August.

Prest challenged the delegates to participate in a shared vision for the future. That vision must be free from personal agendas, grounded in Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy; a God-given, Holy Spirit-blessed vision. He called on all delegates to begin by praying for God to give us the vision He wants for the Idaho Conference.