Camp Meetings

Speakers & Presenters

Alexander "Sasha" Bolotnikov

Alexander "Sasha" Bolotnikov has a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He holds an MA in Hebrew and Biblical languages from Andrews University. Prior to earning this degree, he served as a professor at Zaoksky University in Russia. Raised in communist Russia, he experienced discrimination from religious and civil communities because of his Jewish heritage. Through his study and research of ancient Biblical languages, Rabbinic sources and scripture, he has explored the meaning of Messiah from both Jewish and Christian perspectives. Sasha is the director of the Shalom Learning Center which is the NAD Jewish Ministry Training Center for Adventist ministers and lay people. In addition, he heads up Jewish ministries and is a pastor in the Oregon Conference.

Al Reimche

Al Reimche was born in Alberta and has lived across Canada from British Columbia to Newfoundland. After teaching church school in Newfoundland, running a small construction/remodeling business, and traveling across western Canada for the Adventist Book Center, he began his pastoral career in Creston, BC. After serving in Alberta, he pastored the Pendleton, Ore. district and then took a call to be ministerial director here in the Oregon Conference. In 2001 Al began serving as vice president for administration and in 2009 accepted a call to lead the conference. Al and his wife Beth have two kids, two kids-in-law, and two grandchildren. When not at work Al enjoys wildlife photography, motorcycle trips, and exploring back roads in Oregon/Washington.

Alice Busch

Alice Busch has been active in Emergency Management since 2000. During her 20+ year career in the fire service, she served as an Emergency Manager, EMT, Public Information and Education Officer, Critical Incident Stress Manager, Fire Inspector and Fire Investigator. Prior to arriving at Multnomah County Emergency Management, Alice worked as an Emergency Manager for the Department of Human Services. Her work involved Mass Care and Sheltering, Continuity of Operations, Disaster Behavioral Health Planning, and Donations and Volunteer Management planning. Alice has worked closely with the leadership of Adventist Community Services Disaster Response. She brings her contagious enthusiasm for disaster resilience with her to every presentation.

Carl Cosaert

Carl Cosaert serves as a professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University, where he has taught since 2005. Before earning his PhD, Carl served as a pastor in the Midwest. He enjoys preaching and writing. His most recent work is, Galatians: A Fiery Response to a Struggling Church. He has authored several upcoming projects, including a commentary on Galatians for the Andrews Bible Commentary, and on 1 and 2 Timothy for the SDA International Bible Commentary.

Cory Jewell Jensen

Cory Jewell Jensen is a United Methodist “PK” from Oregon who is a long-time friend, trainer and consultant to the North American Division (NAD). Prior to becoming the senior trainer for CBI Consulting, she served as clinical director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Oregon where she provided sex offender evaluations and treatment services to adult sex offenders and their families for 32 years. Cory has provided training and consultation to law enforcement, child advocacy, and faith-based organizations throughout North America, including the US Navy, the Special Victim’s Unit of the NYPD, and 21 Adventist conferences in the NAD.

Dan Linrud

Dan Linrud was born and raised in Washington. At a young age, he sensed God's call to pastoral ministry and attended Canadian Union College (now Burman University) where he earned a bachelor of theology. In 2005, Dan earned a doctor of ministry, and in 2009 he was called to serve as vice president for administration in the Ontario Conference. Having served throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest, he accepted the invitation in 2013 to return to the Northwest to serve as assistant to the president in the Oregon Conference. Dan and his wife Verlaine, enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters including outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food, and fellowship.

Dave Allen

Dave served as the senior pastor at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland before accepting the position at the Oregon Conference headquarters. Prior to his ministry with Sunnyside, Dave served as president of Helderberg College, an Adventist institution in Somerset West, South Africa. Before his academic leadership, Dave served as president of the Cape Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for three years, and held a number of leadership roles within that conference.

Derrick Foxworth

Derrick Foxworth has over 34 years of law enforcement experience, including 27 years with the Portland Police Bureau. Derrick has a broad depth of experience related to public, community, and church security workings. He is a graduate of the University of Portland and currently works with the Portland Community College Department of Public Safety. Derrick and his wife, Linda, attend Sharon Adventist Church where they’re both actively involved in various church ministries.

Hans Diehl

Hans is the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda, Calif., where he is also clinical professor of preventive medicine at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine. The clinical results of his pioneering efforts as a lifestyle interventionist with the Complete Health Improvement Project (CHIP) have been published in over 35 medical journals. Chosen as “one of America’s 20 superheroes of the health movement” and inducted into the Hall of Fame of the North American Vegetarian Society, he has shown more than 75,000 graduates how simple lifestyle changes can facilitate the reversal of many of our modern killer diseases.

Jennifer LaMountain

Thousands have witnessed the grace and passion of Jennifer’s ministry. The beauty and energy of her music is contagious. From her first church solo at age three, to her roles in opera, regular appearances on religious television and worldwide satellite programming, Jennifer continues to inspire listeners. Since 1993, Jennifer has been a featured artist on radio and television and appears on numerous religious programs worldwide. She has sung in major halls and stages and numerous churches including the Crystal Cathedral, Manhatten Center, St. Louis Busch Stadium, PICC, and the list goes on. Jennifer is proud to be representing Faith For Today. Jennifer is also an artist associate with World Vision and regularly speaks on their behalf.

Kim Schroeder

For over 25 years Kimberley has enjoyed working with church members who wish to share the blessings God has given them, with ministries that inspire them and have touched their lives. She currently is director of Planned Giving and Trust Services for the North Pacific Union Conference.

Gary Dodge

Gary Dodge is a former director of Planned Giving and Trust Services (PG&TS) for the General Conference/North American Division. Previously, he served as director of PG&TS and under treasurer for the North Pacific Union Conference. Gary has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and holds the certified specialist in planned giving designation. He enjoys spending time with his family and two grandchildren, as well as hiking, climbing mountains, sea kayaking, and doing landscaping projects.

Gary Parks

Gary is a Planned Giving and Trust Services Advisor certified by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Gary’s many years of ministry were filled by a passion for Jesus and for helping people realize the freedom He offers. His experience as a Senior Pastor and Youth Pastor gives him a unique perspective on estate planning for all ages. His other passions include his family, music, biking and living life to its fullest.

Glen Gessele

Since 1993 Glen has been part of the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference. He is currently the director, plus specifically services our members in Yamhill, Polk and Washington Counties. With a background in pastoral ministry in Kansas and Oregon, he enjoys helping people plan their estates so as to make a difference for eternity. He’d be happy to visit with you about estate planning, gift annuities, gardening, mason bees and North Dakota.

Lee Meadowcroft

A 1991 graduate of Loma Linda University, Lee obtained his JD from Willamette University in 1994. He took a break from law to teach English in Korea and Japan for several years before returning to practice law in Oregon as a general practitioner, then in the regulation of adult care homes for Multnomah County. Since 2004, Lee has practiced as a solo practitioner in Portland, with an emphasis on estate planning and probate matters.

Maureen O'Kane

Maureen O’Kane grew up believing in evolution until she read a Bible for the first time at the age of 25. For 30 years, Maureen has shared scripture science programs at schools, retreats, churches, camp meetings and more recently, creation apologetics organizations in Oregon and Washington. Her passion is researching discoveries through the eyes of Scripture, believing science and faith together provide a truer image of our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Melody Mason

Melody is passionate about Jesus, and about helping others learn to have a vibrant and authentic walk with Him. She works with the General Conference Prayer Ministries in Silver Spring, Md., and is author of the bestselling book, Daring to Ask for More, published by Pacific Press in 2014.

Manny Taiblum

At age 11 Menachem "Manny" Taiblum found himself running for his life from a Nazi ghetto in Poland. Surviving the Nazi occupation of WWII on his own took courage, fortitude, and most of all, a strong faith in God. Immigrating to Israel after the war and then later to Brazil, Manny finally ended up in Portland, Ore. where he now resides. Manny has shared his life story in With G-d at My Side: A Child’s Story of Survival.

Mike Tucker

Mike Tucker is the speaker/director for Faith For Today Television, the oldest religious television broadcast in the world. Mike has devoted his life to ministry and has a career marked by service to God and his community. He served for 17 years as senior pastor of the 2000-member Adventist church in Arlington, Tex. He has additional experience as a counselor, christian high school bible teacher, youth pastor, and senior chaplain for medical and psychiatric facilities. He has authored several books, including Journal of a Lonely God; Jesus, He's All You'll Ever Need; Meeting Jesus in the Book of Revelation; Every Good Thing; Ten Keys to a Happy Marriage, Mad about Marriage, and many more. Mike hosts the award-winning Lifestyle Magazine.

Olan Thomas

Elder Olan Thomas has worked at It Is Written for eight years. He has served God in multiple capacities during his life. Early in his career, he served in literature evangelism leadership in Greater New York, Michigan, and the Indian Ocean Union. Later he worked in pastoral ministry in Michigan. While serving as pastor, he was called into planned giving to assist church members in gifting assets to the work of God. Olan Thomas is married to Phyllis Walkup Thomas and they have three grown children, Samuel, Charissa, and David.

Ricardo Whyte

Ricardo J. Whyte is a graduate of Atlantic Union College with a bachelor of science in biochemistry. He obtained his medical doctorate from the University of Connecticut. He completed psychiatry residency at Loma Linda University, and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Whyte is now on the faculty of Loma Linda University as an assistant professor. He serves as the medical director of the chemical dependency service. He is married to the lovely Florence V., and they have a wonderful daughter Alexi Genevieve.

Ron Halversen, Jr.

Ron Halvorsen Jr. grew up the son of a pastor/evangelist. Through the years he has lived in many states, some of them twice. Currently, Ron is the president of the Ohio Conference. Born in Marlborough, Mass. he began his ministry as a youth pastor in Orlando, Florida. From there he pastored in Florida and Washington. He has also been lead pastor on the campuses of Southwestern Adventist University, Mount Ellis Academy, Washington Adventist University, and Union College. He grew up on the camp meeting trail and gladly joins us in his beloved Northwest. Ron is excited to have the opportunity to share Jesus with us this Sabbath. He and his wife Buffy, have two married children, one grand child and another due in August. He says that out of the many positions he's held over the years, being a dad and grandpa are his favorite.

Wayne Blakely

Wayne lived in the “gay culture” for nearly forty years. Christianity confirmed the sin of homosexual behavior, but seemed ignorant about how to address it in a significant way and from a loving perspective. God never gives up on a heart that will respond to Him. When Wayne was receptive to the influence of the Holy Spirit, all the prayers that had been prayed for him came and got him. Today Wayne shares how all of us have the choice to claim the victory that Jesus paid for. Helping end the silence on homosexuality, God has sent Wayne around the globe with His “love in truth” message.

Ted Perry

Ted is a planned giving and trust services advisor certified by the Adventist Church. He loves meeting with families and bringing understanding to estate planning. He loves to hear about how God has blessed others. He serves the I-5 corridor from Portland to Ashland, as well as the coastal communities from Lincoln City to Brookings. Ted enjoys music, kayaking, running, and spending quality time with his wife.