New Associate Superintendent of Education for Washington – Washington Conference announced this week that Archie Harris will be joining their office in mid-November as associate superintendent of education. Currently serving as director of education, youth, communication and health for the Montana Conference, he has spent the last 18 years in Montana, with six and a half of those at the conference office. Harris, a native of the Northwest, brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience to the job. “We are looking forward to all the contributions Archie will bring to our team,” says Kelly Bock, Washington Conference vice president for education. Learn more about Harris’ new roll at the Washington Conference.
Folkenbergs to Leave Upper Columbia for Hong Kong – Bob Folkenberg Jr., has accepted a call to serve as president of the Chinese Union Mission based in Hong Kong. He and his wife, Audrey, will be leaving to assume this new post effective January 1, 2013. Folkenberg has served as Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) president since early 2009. During that time he implemented the Share the Life evangelistic initiative, which has been responsible for more than 1,000 requests for Bible studies and hundreds of baptisms. Folkenberg also led out in the reconstruction of the UCC headquarters in the wake of the 2008 fire that destroyed much of the previous facility. North Pacific Union Conference leadership is working with the UCC nominating and executive committees to find a new president. In the meantime, Doug Johnson, UCC vice president for administration, is serving as interim administrator for the conference. Read more about the Folkenberg’s time at UCC.
Jimenez to Join NAD Office – Ray Jimenez III, currently Montana Conference vice president for administration/finance, will begin a new role Jan. 1, 2013, as an associate administrator for the North American Division (NAD) Adventist Retirement office in Silver Spring, Md. Before coming to the Montana Conference in 2006, Jimenez served as treasurer for the New Jersey Conference.