May 9, 2015, was a day of rejoicing at Gladstone Park Church because Drew Bassy, Tom Lee, Don Enslow and Ron Tise were baptized. Each man has his own story, but the date was chosen because exactly one year earlier Bassy had been found unresponsive in a parking lot, in his car.
How long he had been there no one knows, but the efforts of a paramedic, who was also there, and a quick call to 911 brought Bassy back to life. As Bassy puts it, “Exactly a year ago I died, but God gave me a second chance. This time I want to do it right and die in the watery grave of baptism.”
This year the powerful planners of camp meeting called upon me to teach a class on the Holy Spirit. This subject fascinates me as a former Adventist preacher’s kid, turned Pentecostal, turned Adventist pastor. My background creates morbid fascination for a lot of Adventists who become titillated when they discovered I spoke in tongues during my time in a charismatic church. Their reaction is usually widened eyes, a nervous smile and a shifty gaze around the room before leaning in and asking me, “What was it like?”
The Rogers Adventist School family in College Place, Wash., is welcoming three new staff members for the 2015–16 school year.
Nancy Barnett comes from the Ohio Conference, where she was associate treasurer. She will be the Rogers business and facility manager. Merry Knoll, who held that position for the last 10 years, is retiring but staying in the area. Knoll is looking forward to focusing on family interests and spending more time with her grandchildren. She is willing to be on call to help as Barnett learns about her position.
As the new pastor of the Sitka Church, Nathan Stearman wondered how he might be able to connect in a meaningful way with the local community. It didn’t take long to discover one very special way.
Whenever someone has a roll call at Washington Adventist Camp Meeting for who has attended camp meeting the longest, Albert Kegley always bypasses — with ease — attendees who have 20, 40, 50 or 60 years of camp meeting history.
Kegley’s parents first brought him to camp meeting when he was a baby in 1936, and 79 years later he hasn’t missed a camp meeting in western Washington.
By the time you read this, the General Conference Session in San Antonio will be history, and world church delegates will have voted on perhaps the most explosive Adventist issue of our lifetime. I’m referring, of course, to the ordination of women — whether to allow our 13 global divisions to decide within their own territories what is best regarding women in ministry.
So now, one way or another, the decision is sealed. Where do we go from here?