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2018 Speakers & Presenters


 

Cindy Birmingham 

Cindy was church clerk at Tabernacle Church in Portland for many years, both before and after the introduction of eAdventist. She has worked at the Oregon Conference for nearly three years, first as referencing specialist in the Risk Management department and then for the past year as Conference clerk and executive assistant to the VP of Administration. In her “spare time” she enjoys serving as an Earliteen teacher at church, home & school leader at her kids’ school and spending time with her husband, kids, and friends!


Jean Boonstra

Jean Boonstra is the associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy ministry, and executive producer for Discovery Mountain. Jean is also the co-host of Disclosure, Voice of Prophecy’s flagship radio program, and the creator and writer of the Bible-based adventure audio series Discovery Mountain. She is a prolific writer, including authoring eight books in the Adventist Girl series, which shares history through the eyes of young girls. As a pastor’s wife and mother, Jean is deeply committed to encouraging women to serve God and their families in the role that He has called them to. Jean is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats across North America. Jean and her husband, Shawn, live in Colorado and are parents to two young adult daughters.

Ernest Bursey

Ernie Bursey has served as Professor of Religion at Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) in Orlando, Florida, since 2001. He currently teaches a course on world religions for healthcare professionals and graduate-level courses on spirituality and healthcare. He earned a degree in New Testament Studies from Yale University in 1992, with specialized study on the Gospel of Matthew and Revelation.


Leslie Cairns 

Leslie has over 20 years of experience in both non-profit and corporate accounting. As the Conference’s association treasurer and certified trust officer, she enjoys helping people find unique ways to reach their gift-giving goals. She began working with the Conference over 5 years ago and she loves being part of a team that helps promote God’s work. Outside of the office, Leslie enjoys spending time with her two daughters and dog, and is actively involved in Adventurers and Pathfinders.


Dennis Carlson

Dennis began working for the church in 1977 as an Adventist Book Center manager. He is currently serving as the Director of Planned Giving and Trust Services for the General Conference. He holds a BA degree in accounting from Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) and a MBA in personal financial planning from City University of Seattle. His wife, Alma, also has a degree in accounting from SWAU, and currently works for the Hope Channel. Dennis enjoys walking, backpacking, biking, rollerblading and canoeing. He enjoys reading the Bible and the writings of Ellen White.


Jon Daggett


Jon Daggett is the managing partner of, and an attorney with, the law firm of Hiroshima Daggett in Sacramento, Calif.  While he represents a broad range of individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations in all manner of litigation and transactional matters, he has developed a specialty in representing nonprofit religious organizations and nonprofit schools from preschool through higher education. Jon is a frequent lecturer world-wide on a variety of topics impacting his nonprofit clients, particularly in the areas of litigation prevention, sexual misconduct and harassment, sexual orientation and gender identity, and identification and prevention of child abuse. 


Mark Fulop


Mark Fulop, MA, MPH has spent nearly 30 years working with government and nonprofit agencies in the areas of health promotion, education, and organizational management. For the last nine years Mark provided management consulting services to over 85 agencies including Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS). In December of 2017, Mark was hired as the executive director of PACS and leads the organization’s dedicated team of staff members and volunteers to serve the community of greater Portland. Mark has a BA in theology from Andrews University, a master’s in public health from Loma Linda University, and a master’s in educational technology from San Diego State University 


Glen Gessele


Glen has enjoyed more than 25 years as a planned giving consultant/trust officer assisting Oregon Conference church members with estate planning matters. Officially retired, he continues on a part-time basis. Glen and his wife, Marybeth, will soon celebrate 50 years of marriage. He has acquired in this order: a garden, an orchard, and a great granddaughter.


Fred Hardinge


Fred Hardinge, DrPH, RD has served the Lord for more than 40 years in pastoral, community health education, nutrition, and academic public health activities. He recently retired as associate health ministries director at the General Conference where he continues to serve on a part-time basis. He has been married to his wife, April, for 48 years. They have two children and five sweet grandchildren.


Dan Jackson


Daniel R. Jackson currently serves as president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He has held this position since June 28, 2010 when he was first elected at the GC Session in Atlanta, Georgia and  he was re-elected in San Antonio, Texas in 2015. He has served the church as a pastor, teacher, and as an administrator at conference, union, and division levels. Married to Donna, their journey has led them to service in Canada, Sri Lanka, India, and the United States. He is a self-described follower of Jesus who, along with all other Christians, is making his way to God’s Kingdom.


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. December 2016 Dan was invited to serve as president of 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.

Bert Logan


Bert Logan is the It Is Written field representative for the Pacific Northwest. After working in the healthcare industry for 25 years, Bert felt called by God to work for It Is Written. He is passionate about travel, music and loves the outdoors. His greatest love, however, is Jesus and actively sharing Him with others.


Benjamin Lundquist


Benjamin Lundquist is one of the leading voices for young adult ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church with over 20 years experience in the trenches. He currently serves as the young adult ministries director for the Oregon Conference and young adult ministries coordinator for the North American Division. He is passionate about inspiring young adults to become growing followers of Jesus and effective leaders for His cause. In recent years Benjamin has launched innovative ministry projects with both the Barna Group and Fuller Youth Institute, and frequently speaks on ministry and leadership.


Ed Lyons


Ed is a former academy teacher and principal now focusing on evangelism both within and outside the church. He supports his ministry at Eternal Hope Creations by computer consulting. When not programming, preaching, or teaching, Ed backpacks and takes pictures of God’s creation. 


Karen Nicola


With a masters in education, 32 years of experimenting with her own grief journey and over 10 years as a grief educator, Karen Nicola comes to the conversation about grief with gentleness, skill, clarity, and wisdom. She works with individuals, the workplace, and companies, as well as faith communities; teaching those who mourn how to grieve in healthy ways and training others how to comfort them with grace, ease and effectiveness. Her workshops are highly interactive and attendees respond that “it was even fun.” You can learn more about her at comfortfortheday.com where you can browse through blog posts and other helpful pages about her work. Or contact her at karen@comfortfortheday.com.


Gary Parks


Gary Parks leads the new Relational Ministries department at the Oregon Conference and believes in the transformational power of relationships and their capacity to save for Jesus. 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. His other passions include his family, music, biking and living life to its fullest.


Ted Perry


Since 2014 Ted has been a part of the Planned Giving and Trust Services department of the Oregon Conference. He serves the I-5 corridor from Portland to Ashland, as well as the coastal communities from Lincoln City to Brookings. Ted is certified as a trust officer by the General Conference. With a teaching background, he loves meeting with families and bringing understanding to estate planning questions. Ted, his wife, and their dog enjoy kayaking and running.


Tim Peterson


Tim is the new director of the Planned Giving and Trust Services department for the Oregon Conference. Prior to joining the Oregon Conference, Tim was a certified trust officer in the Washington Conference. With a pastoral background, Tim enjoys meeting with families and helping them with their estate plans. He covers the Washington and Northeastern section of the Oregon Conference. Tim and his wife Sylvia have two adult children. Tim enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities.


Pritham Raj


Dr. Y Pritham Raj is an internist-psychiatrist who serves as the medical director of the newly created Emotional Wellness Center at Adventist Health Portland. He is also an associate professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and enjoys teaching the principles of mind-body medicine to his students, residents and fellows. He was named OHSU’s distinguished lecturer of the year in 2012. He is delighted to share his thoughts with you on wellness!


Don Schneider


Don Schneider began life in Merrill, Wisconsin. He came to know Jesus, first as his family became Seventh-day Adventists when he was in the second grade, and again, as he renewed his commitment when he was a senior at Wisconsin Academy. After completing his Christian education, Don pastored several churches in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Various conference ministries in Oklahoma, Oregon, and the Central Union led him toward service as president in five conferences—Wyoming, New Jersey, Arkansas-Louisiana, Rocky Mountain, and Northern California. He completed his ministry as president of the Lake Union and then the North American Division, retiring in 2010. During retirement, he and his wife, Marti, pastored the Denver South Church for three years. They have been settled in Keene, Texas, since 2013.


Anthony WagenerSmith


Anthony WagenerSmith is associate director at the NAD Evangelism Institute and professor of christian ministry at the Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He pastored and planted churches in the Florida Conference, has a doctorate in missional church planting, and equips people and organizations to develop mission-shaped support systems.


Dustin Young


Dustin Young is a licensed clinical social worker currently working with K-3rd grade students and their families in a specialized behavioral classroom in Tillamook, Oregon. She began her ministry while working as taskforce at Milo Academy learning to work with homeless women in a residential setting while completing her undergraduate degree at Southern Adventist University. After completing her master’s degree at Walla Walla University she worked as a therapist at Project Patch Youth Ranch, an inpatient residential facility for at-risk teens.  She currently enjoys living on the coast, mentoring children and teens in her church to step into leadership roles and spending time with friends.














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