UCC Adventurer Ministry Expands

January 23, 2020 | Youth | Anita Lebold

Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) recently expanded its ministry to families with young children by building up the Adventurer ministry in exciting new ways. 

The Adventurer club ministry is designed to engage parents and children in activities that build friendships and grow together in a relationship with Christ. It's an ongoing outreach ministry that can easily reach beyond church walls and help church members get to know other people in their community.

The conference recently added four new volunteers to the Adventurer coordinator team to help and encourage churches throughout the conference. 

Valarie Young joined the Adventurers team as an event coordinator. Young is a retired teacher and is an expert at reaching people with a variety of presentation styles. Her primary role will be helping with training and presentations. Already she has been helping with Jump Start training and as one of the speakers at the annual Club Ministries Leadership Retreat.

Martha Reyes joined the Adventurer team as Hispanic coordinator. She joins Mayra Soltero in that role. Together they work with the Hispanic clubs providing translation, answering questions and helping leaders understand how they can best provide support to the growing number of Hispanic clubs in the conference.

Olivia Shrock and Jennifer Watson are the new North District area coordinators. In that role, they are working one-on-one with club directors and churches interested in starting clubs in the northern part of the conference. They are supporting 11 active clubs, several of which are new.

"I'm praising God for our new volunteer Adventurer leaders," says Richie Brower, UCC club ministries director. "Their leadership and energy will be a blessing to our churches seeking to better serve the families in our communities."

These and other Adventurer leaders are taking to heart Jesus' words: “Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like them” (Matt. 19:14, NIRV).