News for 2018

UCA Shares Christ in the Three Angels' Messages

September 19, 2018 / Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, principal of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began presession meetings this August by sharing with the staff how over the summer he spent time studying the Three Angels’ Messages and was convicted we need to have a refocus on the special message that God has given the Adventist Church.

UCC Names New Associate Superintendent

September 19, 2018 / Kathy Marson

At the July 2018 meeting of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee, Archie Harris was voted to be the new associate education superintendent. Harris fills the vacancy left by Rochelle Stanton, who moved to Arizona with her husband, John Stanton.

Harris grew up in a family of educators. His mom and dad taught in elementary schools in the Montana Conference, and his mom’s parents were public school teachers in eastern Montana.

UCC Creates New Multicultural Ministries Department

September 17, 2018 / Kathy Marson

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee invited Walter Pintos-Schmidt in July 2018 to lead a new department — multicultural ministries. This new department will encompass Hispanic, Slavic, Native American and multiethnic ministries in UCC. Pintos-Schmidt says, “Its overarching goal is to plant the kingdom of God in the heart of people in their communities.”

Hayden Lake Shares Jesus' Love in Cuba

September 14, 2018 / Loren Starr

The Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church sent out a team of 14 missionaries to the island country of Cuba last April. After much discussion and planning, many hurdles and, above all, God's help, the group arrived in Cuba and got their equipment through customs with nothing confiscated or taxed — an almost unheard of feat.

Once in country, the group divided into three teams, each going to a different location to work with local teams to hold meetings. At each site they would present a nightly meeting for adults and one for children.

Colville's Graham Retires

September 13, 2018 / Debbie Stentzel

June Graham retired at the end of the 2017–2018 school year. She has been a teacher and principal at Colville (Wash.) Valley Junior Academy for the last five years.

Her husband, Rob, said it took quite a bit of persuasion to get his wife to a surprise retirement dinner, held June 3, 2018, at Chewelah (Wash.) Church fellowship hall. She didn’t want to crash somebody’s party. When she spotted her sister’s car, Graham realized the gathering was for her.

Monique Finds God through Hardship

September 12, 2018 / Linda Klinger

When Monique was 5 years old, her family moved from Corvallis, Ore., to the Pacific Coast resort town of Ixtapa, Mexico, where her dad got a job driving a tour bus. The family moved in with her father’s parents. It was not an ideal situation for raising a family. Dad was gone one to two months at a time. When he did come home, he was often impatient and verbally abusive. Mom worked 12-hour shifts as a waitress at a restaurant. So Grandma raised Monique and her younger sister and brother.

UCA Begins Internship Program

September 02, 2018 / Shelley Bacon

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., will be adding a required internship for all juniors beginning with the 2018–2019 school year. Students will be released from regular schoolwork to get a taste of their future occupation for two weeks in March. They will be able to choose to either stay on campus and do their internship locally in Spokane or return to their hometown for their internship experience. During these two weeks, their only focus will be on their “job.” Once the internship has been completed, the students will build a portfolio of their experience. 

Upper Columbia Conference Welcomes New President

August 30, 2018 / Jay Wintermeyer

Minner Labrador Jr. joined the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) team as president in June 2018. His road to the Northwest began years ago in New Jersey.

“Soon after I was married, I had a trucking company based in New Jersey,” says Labrador. “That was where the Lord called me to ministry.”