New Ministerial and Evangelism Team Introduced

December 04, 2014 | Heidi Baumgartner

Washington Conference is pleased to introduce a new ministerial and evangelism team. Tyler Long will serve as evangelism coordinator, and Bill Roberts will serve as ministerial director.

Long joined the Washington Conference team in March 2014 as an evangelism coach. He partnered with Port Orchard Church members six weeks before their evangelism series with Dan Bentzinger so the church could develop a database of friends. The relational coaching helped energize the congregation.

With the departure of Bill McClendon to pastor in Baltimore, Md., Long provided interim leadership for Reach Washington coordinated evangelism this last fall. Long will now continue full-time as he plans and coordinates a relational style of public evangelism. Long and his wife, LaVonne, have two small children.

Roberts will be drawing from his 25 years of ministry experience to support, mentor and encourage pastors in western Washington. Roberts first came to the Auburn community in 1998 to teach Bible for three years at Auburn Adventist Academy and then served as senior pastor for 14 years at Auburn Adventist Academy Church. Most recently, in addition to his pastoral duties, Roberts also served as one of three ministerial department field representatives. Roberts and his wife, Dorena, have two teenage children.

“I wasn’t looking for this job, but God made it clear in my heart that this is something He wants me to do,” says Roberts, who spent two weeks fasting and praying before giving his response to this job offer.

“Bill and Tyler will be a good addition to our dedicated team of ministry leaders as we seek to follow God’s mission,” says Doug Bing, Washington Conference vice president for administration.