Representatives from local and state government joined several hundred other people on Monday, June 20, to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly rebuilt Upper Columbia Conference office building in Spokane, Wash. Robert Folkenberg Jr., UCC president, paid special tribute to the office staff, who, in his words, exhibited “a tremendous spirit and constant commitment to the mission of the church” in spite of the fire and temporary relocation. Bob Kyte, Adventist Risk Management president, says the insurance coverage to replace the original building, destroyed by fire in December 2008, currently represents the largest single payment in the history of the organization. The new one-story office is 4,000 square feet smaller than the facility it replaced. Read more and see a selection of photos HERE.
Wayne Wentland is the new Oregon Conference vice president for education, replacing John Gatchett who retired at the end of June. Wentland was most recently Gatchett’s associate. Dale Milam is the new associate director, and will operate from his home-base at Milo Academy in Days Creek, Ore. Carol McLeod has joined the department as an associate.