Advent Movements – Upper Columbia Conference, Washington Conference, Idaho Conference


Upper Columbia Conference

With pavement going down, Upper Columbia Conference is days away from moving to our new office. We will be moving from our temporary office in Spokane Valley, back to our newly rebuilt office complex on Grove Road in Spokane the week of May 23, 2011.

During the move, phone and email service will continue to function. The only difference is our offices will be spread between two buildings for a few days. Also, the ABC will be closed May 25-30. It will reopen with expanded inventory in a brand-new retail space on May 31.

The move follows a two-year reconstruction project to replace offices that burned in December of 2008.

Washington Conference

Washington Conference Office of Education is gearing up for a summer of transitions.

Denise White, associate superintendent, after a year-long process accepted a position at Union College in Lincoln, Neb., as Department of Human Development chairperson.
“We appreciated her innovative leadership with teacher development and mentoring,” says Doug Bing, Washington Conference vice president for administration.
Lon Gruesbeck, vice president for education, announced this spring that he would step down after 13 years of leading the department. He will now serve as a third trust officer for Washington Conference.
Gruesbeck focused much of his efforts on developing quality school leaders to “grow great schools.” “We appreciate his ministry for the young people in Washington Conference,” says Bing.
Washington Conference recently invited Kelly Bock, from Pacific Union Conference, to serve as vice president for education.
“We’re pleased to have Kelly Bock join our team,” says Bing. “He has a rich history of service in education as boys’ dean, principal and education superintendent on conference, union and division levels.”
Bock has a bachelor’s in business administration, a master’s in education counseling, a specialty in education and a doctorate in educational administration. Bock is also an Auburn Adventist Academy graduate.
He is the only educator in an otherwise medically-oriented family. His wife Diane and daughter Kimberly are nurses and another daughter Kristen is an x-ray technician. His hobbies include sailing, hiking, swimming and cycling.


Don Klinger, Idaho Conference vice president for administration, confirms David Prest Jr. has accepted the invitation of the conference executive committee to become the new conference president. Prest, who currently directs ministerial and trust service departments for the Montana Conference, has not yet announced a date for his transition to Idaho. He acknowledges his family will miss their friends and colleagues in Montana. “It had been a privilege to serve the Lord and His people during the past ten years in the Montana Conference,” says Prest. “My family and I have been truly blessed. As we begin a new chapter in the story of the Idaho Conference, I ask for your prayers and support as we move forward together in Jesus Christ.” The conference constituency session is scheduled for May 22. Delegates to the session will also address the replacement of Harold Dixon, who plans to retire as vice president for finance.

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