Ramon Canals, NPUC vice president for Hispanic ministries, has added the assignment of ministerial director to his responsibilities. The NPUC executive committee elected him to this position during its regular meeting Nov. 17 in College Place, Wash., to replace Dan Serns, who left the Northwest in the summer of 2010 to pastor in Texas. Canals is the first Hispanic to hold this position for the NPUC.
Gary Dodge, current NPUC Planned Giving and Trust department director, has accepted a call to fill the same responsibilities on a worldwide level for the General Conference. Dodge has worked within the NPUC office since 2001. Before that he served the Idaho Conference as treasurer for nine years. He will stay in the Vancouver, Wash., area, performing his work for the GC from his home office.
Shawn Boonstra, It Is Written television ministry speaker/director, announced Dec. 1, he is resigning due to a health challenge. The Simi Valley, California-based supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church said it is seeking a replacement and that its broadcasts and ministry projects in the U.S. and abroad will continue. Boonstra, 41, says in an e-mail that he did not have a “life-threatening disease,” but that he was dealing with a health challenge that “has gotten to a point where I must take a sabbatical to give my body time to rest.” Boonstra has served as speaker/director since 2005. He previously served as an associate for one year. It Is Written, launched in 1956, is seen on local network television, as well as on national cable, satellite networks and its website.
John Bradshaw, 43, currently Village Church (College Place, Wash.) senior pastor, has agreed to become the new director/speaker for It Is Written. He will step into the role replacing Shawn Boonstra, who is stepping down for personal health reasons. Bradshaw has broad experience in evangelism and broadcasting. He has been an Adventist pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as the pastor of the Village Church near Walla Walla University. He has also held more than 80 evangelistic series, both in the US and abroad. Boonstra says of Bradshaw, “He has natural, God-given talents that make him an excellent fit for [the] It Is Written team, and a warm, Christ-like manner that immediately pulls you in to his experience with Jesus.” Read Boonstra’s full statement about the selection HERE. Learn more about Bradshaw from the Adventist Review HERE.
Stephen L. McPherson, Idaho Conference president since 1988, announced at the conference executive committee meeting in November, his plans to retire as of February 2011. A search process has begun to allow the conference executive committee to elect a new president as soon as possible. Delegates will have an opportunity to vote on the presidential position at the May 22, 2011, conference constituency session. McPherson began his ministry in Arizona in 1966, moving to Minnesota in 1970 and then to Alaska in 1981. He served as Alaska Conference president prior to accepting the call to Idaho. Upon retirement he and his wife, Sharon, plan to remain in the Treasure Valley.