Max C. Torkelsen, longtime husband, father, church pastor, educator and administrator, passed peacefully to his rest at home in Portland, Ore., on Saturday evening, Dec. 8. He was 86. Torkelsen’s service for the Seventh-day Adventist Church began in a five-church district in North Dakota, moved into educational work as a principal and superintendent, and continued into conference administrative posts. He served as North Pacific Union Conference executive secretary from 1971–1974, and as president from 1976–1980. In later years he was a world church general vice president. He is survived by his wife, Ardis, sons Max and Monte, daughter Myrna Smith, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be private, but information on how to direct memorial gifts and condolence cards are available online. A Facebook page, Honoring the Life of Max C. Torkelsen Sr. provides an opportunity to share thoughts and memories with the family online.
Sharon Staddon will join the Montana Conference office at the end of January as vice president for finance. She replaces Ray Jimenez who recently moved east to work with the General Conference. Staddon and her husband, Theron (pictured here) are moving from the Alaska Conference where she has held a similar position since 2007. She brings a wealth of experience to Montana, including owning her own CPA company, serving as a financial officer for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and working as a General Conference auditor.
Our prayers are with the Leo Schreven family, following his death at the age of 51. Schreven is survived by his wife Tamara, daughter Cierra, parents Leonardus and Johanna, brothers John, Herman, sister Nellie, their spouses and children. With his All Power Ministries based in Kettle Falls, Wash., Leo Schreven was widely known for evangelistic meetings and seminars he presented around the world.
Alf Birch, long time Northwest pastor and administrator, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Birch, who retired as Oregon Conference president in 2001, was serving as a part-time associate pastor at the Meadow Glade Church in Battle Ground, Wash. Originally from South Africa, he came to the Northwest in 1989 and held various positions for the remainder of his career in both the Oregon and North Pacific Union conferences. A memorial service will be held at the Meadow Glade Church on Sabbath, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. His family invites you to share personal memories of Birch at this Facebook memorial page. Read more about him at GleanerOnline.org.