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Redwood Camp Meeting Schedule 2017
(Please note: This schedule is subject to change)

This year, the cafeteria will serve lunch and dinner during camp meeting, not breakfast. Due to feedback from campers and staff, the camp committee has voted to change the meal schedule for the time DURING camp meeting. Last year the committee reduced the meals down to two per day, for budget reasons. This year it is believed that campers would enjoy the cafeteria being open for dinner instead of breakfast (as it was last year), thus the switch.  This does NOT affect camp set up the week before camp meeting. We appreciate your understanding. 

Pepperwood Pavilion

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29
6:00-6:45 a.m.   Crossfit   Crossfit --> --> --> --> -->  
7:00-8:00 a.m.   Alexis Hurd-Shires --> --> --> Steven Cooper --> --> --> -->
8:00 a.m.   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00-9:30 a.m.   Redwood Staff Meeting 9:00-10:45 Sabbath School - Ed Fargusson Redwood Staff Meeting Redwood Staff Meeting Redwood Staff Meeting Redwood Staff Meeting Redwood Staff Meeting Community Service Project 9:00-10:45 Sabbath School - Jim Lorenz
10:00-11:30 a.m.     11:00 a.m. Church - Dave Osborne Alexis Hurd-Shires Seminar Section 1 Seminar Section 1 Seminar Section 1 Seminar Section 1 Community Service Project 11:00 a.m. Church - Ty Gibson
Noon   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m.       1:00-3:00 p.m. ABC Sunday Sale Seminar Section 2 Seminar Section 2 Seminar Section 2 Seminar Section 2 Community Service Project  
3:30-5:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m. Concert -
Emmanuel Quartet
4:30 p.m.
Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Seminar Section 3 Seminar Section 3 Seminar Section 3 Seminar Section 3 Sabbath Preparation 3:00 p.m.
Concert - Nakanishi Family
4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.   Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper
6:30 p.m.   Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert Musical Concert
7:00 p.m. Dave Osborne Dave Osborne Dave Osborne Dave Osborne Ty Gibson --> --> --> --> -->

Stephen Cooper
Country Director, ADRA Thailand​
Born in India to missionary parents, Stephen’s life from the start has been one of adventure and service. While attending Pacific Union College and jumping between numerous majors, he felt called to be involved in the compassionate ministry of Christ. Not sensing the call to pastoral ministry, Stephen has been involved in ADRA’s compassionate ministry for close to 25 years – from the protracted civil war in Sudan and restoring hope in victims of the Rwanda genocide to working amongst tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka, from supporting the many Syrian refugees entering Europe to dealing with the effects of human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Series Description: "Changed Lives, Changing Lives​" - Have you wondered what constitutes a ‘changed life’? Do you desire to make a difference in today’s world? You are unique and so is your mission. We are each called to be change agents for God. Find out what this means and how God can use you whether in your local community or amongst a people group half way around the world. Life is to be treasured, remember to offer Life to others. 

Ed Fargusson
Assistant to the President, Northern California Conference

Ed Fargusson is the assistant to the NCC president. Previously, he worked as associate director of the Pacific Union Conference Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty. Prior service for Fargusson includes eight years as assistant to the NCC president and more than 20 years as a pastor in various NCC churches. Fargusson holds a Master of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Pacific Union College. He and his wife Anne have twin sons, both of whom are physicians in residency programs. Fargusson will be presenting the Sabbath School lesson on the first Sabbath.

Ty Gibson
Co-Director/Speaker, Light Bearers
Ty Gibson is lead pastor of Storyline Church in Oregon and co-director of Light Bearers, an international publishing, media, and discipleship ministry. A passional communicator with a message that opens minds and moves hearts, Gibson emphasizes Gods unfailing love as the central theme of the biblical narrative. He has authored 10 books, including his most recent best-selling release, A God Named Desire. Gibson is currently pursuing three new communications projects: Against the Wall, which seeks to address the need for racial reconciliation within the Adventist church; The Solidarity Project, which addresses the epidemic of sexual assault on public university campuses; and digma.com, which is an online video project that speaks to postmodern culture in the form of short stories. Series Description: Speaking to Desire” - The human heart is engineered for receiving and giving love. What would happen if our message as a Church and our entire evangelistic approach were to focus on speaking to this universal desire? July 29 Sermon Description: A Lingering Fragrance” - There is only one power powerful enough to transform the human heart. In this message we will discover precisely what that power is. 

Alexis Hurd-Shires
Director, Adventist Learning Center
Alexis Hurd-Shires is the founder and director of Adventist Learning Center, a project-based learning center for Syrian refugee children in Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated from Southern Adventist University, followed by the University of Oklahoma with a degree in social work. In the past 11 years, she’s had the opportunity to serve in Guyana, Romania, and now Lebanon, as well as in multiple states across the US. Series Description July 21-24: "Power in Service" - It is impossible to serve and not experience the power of God in miraculous ways both in your own life and in the lives of those around you.  Explore biblical narratives in connection with first hand accounts of God's work in the Middle East. Presentation Description July 23: "Adventure in Service" - A taste of the adventure and challenges that front line mission work brings.

Jim Lorenz
Ministerial Director, Northern California Conference

As NCC ministerial director, Jim Lorenz serves as the pastor to the pastors. He has spent his entire pastoral career in the Northern California Conference, serving at the Pleasant Hill, Sacramento Woodside, Roseville, Antelope Hills, Rio Linda, and Rocklin (now Gracepoint) churches. Lorenz received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the SDA Theological Seminary. His dissertation examined ways to reduce stress in the Sabbath morning worship service, which he sees as an integral part of the Adventist Church’s message and mission. His passion is helping church members turn their local congregation into a place of peace and a refuge for both church and community members. He is married to Julie, and they have two teenaged children, James and Judy. Lorenz will be presenting the Sabbath School lesson on the second Sabbath.

Dave Osborne
Retired North American Division Ministerial Director/Northern California Conference Pastor
Dave Osborne retired after more than 48 years of denominational employment; 20 of those years were in NCC. He served as the ministerial director of the North American Division (known as the the “pastors’ pastor”) and as senior pastor of the Carmichael and Chico churches. Osborne entered the ministry in 1964 and has pastored in the Florida, Southeastern California, Southern New England, and Northern California Conferences. The majority of his ministry has been on college and university campuses. Osborne has served in such capacities as senior pastor of the Atlantic Union College church, campus chaplain of La Sierra University, associate pastor of the La Sierra University Church, campus pastor and Bible department chairman at Forest Lake Academy, associate pastor at Florida Hospital church, and vice president of Loma Linda University, La Sierra University, and Atlantic Union College. Osborne graduated from Southern Adventist University and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the SDA Theological Seminary. He lives in Lincoln, Calif. with his wife, Judy, an interior designer and retired college teacher. The Osbornes have a son, David Jr., living in San Francisco. July 22 Sermon Description: “Ordinary People" - God will use ordinary people to accomplish extra-ordinary results for HIS glory, if they are willing to use HIS power and wisdom in place of their own thoughts and abilities. Series Description: “Christ’s Method Alone: Serving Others” - Serving others is the practical application of Jesus’ description of unconditional love as “Love to God’ and “Love to man.” Jesus showed us that this is accomplished by using divine prayer power to serve individual people without regard to race, age, lifestyle, gender, etc.

Daniel Yim - Crossfit
Pastor, Lockeford/Sutter Hill Church District 
Daniel Yim has served as pastor of the Lockeford/Sutter Hill church district for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, he was a youth pastor for 10 years. Yim received his bachelor’s degree from La Sierra University and his Master of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary. A strong proponent of health and fitness, Yim especially enjoys hiking. Hes climbed Mt. Whitney, Half Dome, and Mt. Shasta, among others. Activity Description: The Crossfit group meets at the front gate each day (except Sabbath). They start with a 10-minute devotional and prayer. Then, they move on to breathing and stretching exercises before cardio calisthenics and a run around the loop. Please note: This is a very quiet group (so they don’t wake up other campers). Everyone is invited to join!

Concerts and Special Events

Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams
Dean of Students, Holbrook Indian School
Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams found her way to Holbrook Indian School (HIS) when she was in the ninth grade. After graduating in 2006, she attended Union College and earned her Bachelor of Science in education. She the returned to Holbrook Indian School. She has worked as head girls’ dean, registrar, vice principal, and dean of students. Poor Bear-Adams is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribe from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota—the tribe of Crazy Horse. She has three beautiful children and is married to Zak Adams, HIS vice principal. “Holbrook SDA Indian School was my sanctuary,” she says. “I experienced peace because I wasn’t afraid to go to sleep at night or worried about where my next meal was coming from,” she said. “I discovered that I had a voice and could be successful in my classes. I resisted Christianity because of what I thought it stood for and then submerged myself in it because of what I learned it stood for.” Watch a 10-minute video sharing Poor Bear-Adams’s story at HolbrookIndianSchool.org. Presentation and Seminars Description: "Reaching our Native brothers and sisters" - The cultural history of Native Americans can be deeply beautiful and devastatingly destructive. Given the introduction of Christianity to the indigenous people in this country, it can seem complicating to find a way to reach this underrepresented community with the Good News. Come, join me as we explore the history, current issues, and different ways to minister to our Native brothers and sisters. 

Emmanuel Quartet
Sabbath, July 22, • 3:00 p.m.
The Emmanuel Quartet is an a cappella gospel group originating in 1989 as the Highland Academy Men’s Quartet. In 1993, the quartet’s name was changed, and The Emmanuel Quartet was born. The group’s members are not only musicians by desire, but also ministers of the gospel through music. The mission of the quartet is to reflect God’s love through music, reminding His people He is with us and returning soon. Their music is all a cappella, featuring barbershop-style harmonies. Over the years, the faces have changed, but the smooth harmonies and genuine spiritual message remain. The quartet tours the United States, presenting concerts to audiences of all ages and religious affiliations. They’ve also traveled internationally, participating in several evangelistic events. Most recently, the quartet has been traveling with the It Is Written ministry as affiliate musicians. 

Nakanishi Family
Sabbath, July 31 • 3:00 p.m.
After the sudden loss of their beloved husband and father, Jon Nakanishi, the Nakanishi family was trapped in utter darkness and sheer despair. Their hearts were shattered. However, through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, and the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit, these girls and their mother found freedom through God’s beautiful love and His redemptive grace. Sacred music began to resonate hope and became a way to transform their pain and express their love for all Jesus had done to restore their hearts. Their music group, My Hope Resonates, was formed to share their love for God and encourage others to focus on the light of Jesus. 

Kaitlyn, age 15, has performed as a vocal soloist for church services, graduations, and local nursing homes. She is part of a local worship team. Kaitlyn also plays violin in the Susanville Symphony, as well as guitar and piano for youth Sabbath School and church. 

Natalie, age 13, has been the pianist for church services, and has sung vocals regularly for the worship hour. She plays violin for the Susanville Symphony. Natalie also plays guitar for youth Sabbath School. She has recently taken up the cello. 

Jessica, age 11, has performed as a harp soloist for the Reno Celtic Festival, Reno Celtic Christmas Celebration, and the Susanville Symphony. She has also played harp for the Reno Philharmonic and for area churches. Jessica also plays the violin, guitar, and piano. She has recently taken up the viola. 

The Nakanishi Family invites you to join them in a musical celebration of God’s amazing grace.

Redwood Baptisms
Sabbath, July 31 • 4:30 p.m.
You are invited to participate in a special camp meeting tradition – a baptismal service in Pepperwood Pavilion. Come support your brothers and sisters in Christ as they follow His example and begin a new life. A decision for baptism is the most important step a person can make. Please help make these baptisms a wonderful experience for the baptismal candidates, their families, and friends. Make space for family members to come close to observe their loved ones and take photos. If you are interested in being baptized at this special service, talk to a pastor early in the week. Being baptized at Redwood Camp Meeting is an unforgettable experience!


  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29
7:00 a.m.   Gary Venden --> --> --> --> --> --> --> -->
10:00 a.m.   Panel discussion with Pastors Rudy Peters, Eric Williams, Larry Chu, and Sasa Andelkovic Sabbath
School - Sasa Andelkovic
Panel discussion with Pastors Rudy Peters, Eric Williams, Larry Chu, and Sasa Andelkovic --> --> --> --> Community
Service Day
Sabbath School - Michael Kontes 
11:00 a.m.   Panel discussion with Pastors Rudy Peters, Eric Williams, Larry Chu, and Sasa Andelkovic Roy Ice Panel discussion with Pastors Rudy Peters, Eric Williams, Larry Chu, and Sasa Andelkovic --> --> --> --> Community
Service Day
Roy Ice
1:00 p.m.                    
7:00 p.m. Roy Ice --> --> --> --> --> --> --> --> -->

Sasa Andelkovic
Pastor, West Sacramento/Sacramento Yugoslavian Church District
Sasa Andelkovic grew up in Serbia, then a communist country. After years of searching for truth and meaning in life, he joined the Adventist Church when he was 23. After completing an associate’s degree in computer science, and a Bachelor of Arts in executive management, he felt a calling to pursue the ministry. After receiving his Master of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary, he served the Ontario Conference (Canada) as a district pastor and as a member of the conference’s Church Growth Committee. In 2010, he accepted an invitation to pastor the Sacramento Yugoslavian/West Sacramento district, where he still serves. He is happily married to his wife, Ivana, with whom he has two wonderful children Tamara (10) and Stefan (8). Andelkovic’s focus in ministry is teaching and contextualized mission.Andelkovic will be presenting the Sabbath School lesson on the first Sabbath.

Roy Ice
Pastor for Resource Development, Loma Linda University Church 
Roy Ice serves as the pastor for resource development at the Loma Linda University church. He has explored the rain forests of Panama, Australia, and Costa Rica, and has plunged into the freezing waters of Finland in December. He has received two awards from the Gospel Music Association as a member of the Christian band, Big Face Grace, has taught an English class to a Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist, and a grade-12 Bible class to an American double-gold and silver medalist. He was mistaken for a major Hollywood producer for an entire day at Sony Pictures Studios, and has climbed to the top of the Continental Divide. Ice is the author of the book, 12 Things to Try While You’re Still Mortal, which climbed to the #1 bestseller spot on Amazon Kindle Religious Books in July of 2015. In August 2010, he was nominated for the highest award granted by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Guild for his novel, Treasure of Heaven. Ice’s life has been thoroughly upgraded in every way by Christ’s relentless grace, and through the testimony of God’s Word, he has helped people to have that same encounter with the Savior on every continent, with the exception of two: Africa and Antarctica. (He still has not given up hope of taking the Good News to the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica, however.) Series Description: “Not the God I Know” - God is not everything you think He is. He is different. He is more. Over the centuries, many of the treasures of God’s character have been lost, unmapped, and even buried. Generations have grown up thinking that they know who God is, but the surface has only been scratched. During these messages, Pastor Roy Ice will take you on a quest through Scripture to discover a God who has said the unthinkable, reached the unreachable, and accomplished the impossible—and today, God needs to show you that He is not the God you know.​

Michael Kontes
Pastor, Antelope Hills/Rio Linda Church District
Michael Kontes was raised in a traditional Greek home in Sacramento. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Ragan, and they have three children: Luke, Arianna, and Micah. Kontes received his Bachelor of Arts in theology from Pacific Union College and his Master of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary. He currently pastors the Antelope Hills/Rio Linda church district. He loves to encourage and bring hope into people’s lives. Kontes will be presenting the Sabbath School lesson on the second Sabbath.

Pastor Panel Discussion

Living an authentic Christian life can be complex and at times stressful. The Christian must navigate the many intersections of life to discern what God is speaking in that moment and season to him or her and those they journey with.  During this week, the pastors at Adult II will engage in times of theological reflection to better understand what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century: Friday - Personal Spirituality and Ministry Renewal, Sunday - Methods of Personal and Public Evangelism, Monday - Conflict Resolution, Tuesday - The Church in the Public Sphere, Wednesday - Doubts, Thursday - Church Administration.
Sasa Andelkovic, Pastor, West Sacramento/Sacramento Yugoslavian Church District
Larry Chu, Pastor, Alameda-East Bay Chinese Church
Rudolph Peters, Pastor, Richmond Beacon Light Church
Eric Williams, Senior Pastor, Ukiah Church

Gary Venden
Pastor, Glendale Church
In ministry for over 38 years, Gary Venden and his wife, Marilynn, have served at the Glendale church in Phoenix, Arizona, since 1997. After graduating from Pacific Union College in 1979, they interned in Southern California, and then spent four years “on the road” in evangelism with the North American Division and the Carolina Conference. They came to Northern California in 1984 and worked first as evangelists, then as pastors in San Anselmo. They keep returning to Redwood each summer! Seminar Description: “​Torah: Laws of Life, Love and Sexuality - Will living life God’s way bring us the fullest possible LIFE here in this broken world?” “To the Torah and to the testimony” (Isaiah 8:20). At a time when the world not only rejects God’s laws as found in the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy), but labels as “evil” those who seek to live by them, God calls on His faithful followers to be living testimonies that His laws are truly the “laws of LIFE.” How in the world is the world going to know there is a better way to live unless someone is out there living it? But do we actually believe that what the Torah says is truth for our lives today? Do we believe that living life as God describes it in these laws will bring us the fullest possible LIFE here and now in this broken world? In the Laws of Torah relating to life, love, and sexuality, we will look for God’s fingerprint of LOVE. Since LOVE is the Great Commandment (Jesus) and LOVE is the fulfilling of the law (Paul), then all God’s laws must simply describe how to truly live LOVE. And LOVE is what we are all looking for.​


  Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29
7:00 a.m. ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Ramón Verduzco Marco Molina
10:00 a.m. ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Roman Leal
11:00 a.m. ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Mireya Hernández Raúl Hernández
7:00 p.m. ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Raúl Hernández --> -->

Cómo Crecer en Jesús
Las presentaciones estarán relacionadas con la doctrina del Crecimiento Cristiano y nos mostrarán como vivir una vida cristiana creciente, gozosa y victoriosa.

Raul y Mireya Hernandez
Pastoral Couple, Perris Spanish Church
Nuestro Invitado es el ministro del evangelio Raúl M. Hernández, pastor de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día de Perris, Ca.  El pastor Hernández tiene 33 años en el ministerio y ha trabajado en la Conferencia del Sur de California y el sureste de California.  Es graduado en teología de la Universidad de Montemorelos en México, y tiene una maestría en Divinidades de la Universidad de Andrews.  Su esposa, Mireya Hernández, es certificada en terapia de masaje médico. El pastor Hernández y su esposa Mireya tienen tres hijos, dos varones y una nena. Tienen 19 años de casados y su pasión es el ministerio de parejas y familias.  El pastor Hernández esta terminando un doctorado en Consejería Matrimonial y Terapia de Familia. Actualmente viven en Vivimos en Redlands, CA.

Cuerdas Y Voces
Musical Guests
El Grupo “Voces y Cuerdas” surgió en la iglesia de Hayward en el año 2013. Por cuatro años ha deleitado a las congregaciones hispanas del Norte de California con dulces cantos de alabanza a Dios y exaltación de Cristo. Su música se caracteriza por la armonía, la melodía tierna y refrescante y un mensaje de claro contenido evangélico. Es un privilegio tener con nosotros, en el campamento de Redwood, al Grupo “Voces y Cuerdas.”


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
  July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Seminar Section 1
Prayer Chapel Robert & Esme Ross --> --> -->
Health Venue Ted Hoehn Ted Hoehn Gordon Botting David DeRose
Planned Giving Venue Eric Flickinger --> --> -->
Pepperwood Grove        
Bernie Follett Grove Ed Lyons --> --> -->
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Seminar Section 2
Health Venue Ted Hoehn Ted Hoehn Gordon Botting David DeRose
Planned Giving Venue Rich Magnuson --> Donor Appreciation Reception Stephen Allred
Pepperwood Grove        
Bernie Follett Grove Bruce Blum --> --> -->
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Seminar Section 3
Health Venue Cooking School - Maria Hummel --> --> -->
Planned Giving Venue Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams --> --> -->
Bernie Follett Grove Marc Woodson --> --> -->

PLEASE NOTE: While Arlene Taylor appears in the June Recorder ad, she has had to cancel her speaking engagement. We apologize for this change.

Jovannah Poor Bear-Adams
See biography and information under Special Events.

Bruce Blum
Pastor, Escalon/Manteca Seventh-day Adventist Church District
A pastor for the Northern California Conference since 1998, Bruce Blum currently serves as pastor of the Manteca/Escalon district. Blum received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College, and his Master of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary. He is passionate about interactive Bible learning and teaching. Blum and his wife, Coreena, have three children, ages 11, 4, and 2. Seminar Description: When Helping Hurts – Often when we try to help people who are struggling with poverty, we do things that make us feel better, but we don’t do anything that actually helps people in the long run. What is the best way to alleviate poverty? How can we avoid the quick fix—which may actually be harmful—and find long-term effective solutions? This video and discussion-based seminar will address these questions and many more as we learn how to help the poor without hurting them or ourselves.


Gordon Botting
Stewardship Director, Pacific Union Conference/Northern California Conference
Gordon Botting, DrPH, CHES, CFC, is the financial educator for the southwest region of the Adventist Church. In this capacity for the last 20 years, he has developed financial materials – educational, outreach, and media – and conducted workshops and seminars across the United States. A widely published author, Botting has developed a number of practical money management workbooks: Seven Stupid Things Smart People Do to Mess Up Their FinancesSmart Strategies for Personal Financial SuccessWhat’s Your Financial Personality? and The ABC’s of Financial Freedom. He wrote the book, Penny Pinching Principles For Money-Wise Parents, as well as the 60-minute workshop titled “Dollar Smart Kids” to assist parents in developing their children’s financial smarts. His most recent publication – Stewardship for a New Century, For a New Generation – is a year-round program for local congregations. Plus, he regularly writes numerous practical money management articles for American, European, and Australian magazines. To assist individuals and families in both the business and congregational spheres, Botting writes and edits a monthly bulletin titled The Stewpot. Currently, it is being sent worldwide in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Seminar Description: “Surviving in Tough Times” - When it comes to pain, we spell relief with a medicinal pill or lotion. When it comes to work overload, we spell relief with a vacation break. When it involves relationships, we spell relief with a visit to the therapist. However, when it comes to finances, how do we spell relief? Many people spell economic relief by working harder, taking in extra jobs, or borrowing more money. Truthfully, most of us don’t need another promotion and certainly not a bigger credit line. What we do need are the skills and know-how to better manage the money we already have, along with the right information and a correct understanding about making good financial decisions. This is a practical seminar with an information-packed workbook designed to give you the basic principles, common sense, and financial wisdom to enable you to effectively manage your money.

David DeRose
President, CompassHealth Consulting, Inc.
David DeRose, MD, MPH, is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine, who also holds a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and health education. He currently serves as president of CompassHealth Consulting, Inc. (www.compasshealth.net), where he helps develop media resources and services that enable individuals and groups to better harness lifestyle and other natural therapies. As a published medical researcher, a syndicated radio show host (heard on over 140 stations), a popular lecturer, and a practicing physician, DeRose has been helping people address disease processes naturally for some three decades. Known for his engaging and practical presentations, DeRose also draws from his experience as an Adventist pastor to keep his presentations evangelistically and spiritually relevant. He received a Master of Arts in pastoral ministry from the SDA Theological Seminary. Seminar Description: “Natural Strategies for Optimal Blood Pressure: Help Yourself, Help Your Community” (Parts 1 and 2) - High blood pressure currently afflicts roughly a billion people on planet earth, silently increasing their risks of dementia, heart attack, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. Even if you haven’t received the diagnosis yet, you run an approximately 75% chance of being diagnosed in the future. Based on DeRose’s best-selling book, Thirty Days to Natural Blood Pressure Control, this two-part seminar features a variety of simple natural strategies to help you better protect yourself and minister to your friends and neighbors.

Eric Flickinger
Associate Speaker, It Is Written
Eric Flickinger is currently serving as the associate speaker for It Is Written and the co-host of the programs, “Line Upon Line” and “SALT 365.” The son of an Army officer, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a child, developing an appreciation and love for the many and varied cultures of the world. He finally settled in Florida, where his study of the Bible during his years at the University of Florida finally inspired him to attend an evangelism training school for lay members. Eric is now a veteran of over 60 evangelistic campaigns across the United States, Canada, Asia, and Eastern Europe, and he has served as an evangelist and evangelism school administrator for 15 years. A popular television speaker, Eric is often described as having a gift for making even difficult biblical topics easy to understand. He is joined in ministry by his wife, Hildelisa, and their two children, Noelani and Justin. Seminar Description: “It Is Written’s Spark: Public Evangelism Training” - Do you believe evangelistic campaigns are only successful at certain churches with large budgets, many members, and well-known speakers? In this seminar, learn how to plan successful evangelistic meetings at any church, with any budget. You will learn how to: • Equip church members for outreach. • Prioritize advertising resources. • Prepare successful presentations. It Is Written holds successful evangelistic campaigns, and at Spark your church will have access to the same tools and experience It Is Written evangelists use. All the steps of evangelism work together. Discover your church’s integral part of the gospel commission.
Dr. Ted Hoehn
Kaiser Emergency Medicine Specialist/Author/Lecturer
Dr. Ted Hoehn (“Haine”) is a graduate of Pacific Union College, and Loma Linda University School of Medicine class, of 1979. He practices as an emergency specialist with Kaiser in Sacramento. He is an author and lecturer on the whole-food, plant-based philosophy of nutrition. Seminar Description: “Nutritional Nonsense” - Every day as a practicing emergency medicine specialist, Hoehn sees the tragic results that stem from widespread public misconceptions about what actually constitutes healthful living. So many commonly held ideas about diet, exercise, and nutrition are nothing but nonsense. The term “nonsense” comes from the root words meaning “non-science.” Hoehn will pull back the curtain of confusion surrounding many of the popular ideas being pushed on the public. He will do this by sharing the well-established science that, in fact, tells a very different story than the ones on television, food packaging, and in many popular books. We will consider nonsensical ideas about protein, gluten, vitamins, low-carb diets, and so-called “healthy fats.” Hoehn will expose how this nonsense has led to the epidemics of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and degenerative diseases that afflict Americans today. He will reveal that the answer is amazingly simple, and does not require memorizing data or lists, purchasing supplements or pills, or participating in expensive workout programs.

Ed Lyons
Ed Lyons was born in Chicago and raised as a Catholic. A high school assignment led him to Adventist books in the library, which led to his conversion and baptism in college. There he met and married Rhonda. The couple have two daughters and live in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Ed supports his ministry by programming and enjoys backpacking, skiing, and teaching Bible truth to others. Seminar Description: “A Simple Method to Share Prophecy” - Learn how to share, as with a friend sitting in your living room, the key prophecies of Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation that repeat and build on each other. Most evangelistic series rely on complex historical details, with which most people are unfamiliar, but this approach uses a simple Bible reading and worksheet approach to lay the foundation timelines for the more complicated prophecies. Students will practice teaching with each other, and extensive modelling with questions and answers will be used. ​

Rich Magnuson
Director of Planned Giving & Trust Services/Property Management, Northern California Conference
Richard Magnuson earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Pacific Union College and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. Admitted to the California State Bar in 1985, Magnuson has litigated numerous cases involving such diverse areas as child abuse, civil rights, property law, employment law, personal injury, and environmental law. In 2001, Magnuson became the conference’s risk management director. In 2010 he was appointed director of NCC planned giving and trust services. Magnuson enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathie, and together they love to travel by car around the country. Their relationship blossomed during several years in which they exchanged letters while Kathie attended boarding school, sometimes sending a new letter every day. Magnuson says, “Our experience of building our relationship on those many letters is the inspiration for this year’s message “Love Letters,” which expands upon our theme of the importance of practical planning as we chart our journey down life’s highway.

Stephen Allred
Steve Allred focuses his law practice on helping clients plan for the future so that they can have peace of mind knowing their wishes will be carried out. Steve finds satisfaction in helping his clients align their estate planning goals with their spiritual values to support causes and goals that are important to them. Steve’s experience as an attorney includes estate planning, probate administration, employment discrimination litigation, and landlord-tenant disputes. Before practicing law, he served as a pastor in the Northern California Conference for nearly 15 years. 

Seminar Descriptions: "Love Letters" - “Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forward.” –Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. There are many different journeys that make up this road trip of life. Whether honeymooning at Niagara Falls, family vacations to Yosemite or that annual trek to Redwood Camp Meeting – they all share something in common. The journey’s with those we love provide us with the most memorable experiences. This year our series will focus on our families, and the ways we demonstrate our love for them.  Many Americans have the misperception that estate planning is simply preparing for one's death and is only necessary for the affluent. But as Christians, estate planning is as much about passing on our values to our loved ones as it is about passing material possessions. So it should come as no surprise that a February 16, 2012 Forbes article describes estate planning as 'the most important love letters you'll ever write,' encouraging readers to 'find inspiration in knowing that you're caring for the people and causes you love, even if you're not here anymore.' On Monday and Tuesday we will explore these “Love Letters” and how an estate plan shows our loved ones that we care.  On Wednesday we will be hosting a special reception and stewardship report for those who have already taken this important step and those who are interested in just how the Lord has blessed the gifts planned by others. Then on Thursday our presenter will be attorney and former NCC pastor Stephen Allred, who will share his perspective on life planning and answer your questions! So please join us in the Planned Giving Pavilion as we take another look at planning for a successful journey with those we love on this road trip of life.

Robert and Esmé Ross
Pastoral Couple & Online Bible Instructor
Robert and Esmé Ross have been a pastoral couple for 37 years. They have been family life leaders, running many family life seminars here and overseas. Presently, Robert is pastoring the Triadelphia church in Maryland, and Esmé is the online Bible school instructor for Amazing Facts. They have a passion for prayer, both in families and in the church. Seminar Description: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Too often we confine our prayers solely around our needs and our plans. (For example, we ask God to bless the plans that we have for our children, our church, and sometimes even for a good parking spot!) Our plans, as good as they may seem, usually are not God’s plan. His plan is always much higher than ours. Our typical kind of prayer can then restrict the way God wants to answer us. If we can learn how to break through our plans and plead for God to reveal His plan to us, He will give us a far greater end result than we can even hope for.​

Cooking School

Maria Jose Hummel
Nutritionist and Health Educator
Maria Jose Hummel is a nutritionist and health educator with several years of experience in the fields of prevention, nutrition, and public health. She has a Master of Science in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Master of Public Health from San Jose State University. She worked for many years as a nutritionist at a community clinic, where she helped people with diabetes, overweight, obesity, and many other chronic diseases related to diet. Maria Jose has also worked for WIC and the Breastfeeding Coalition of California. She has appeared numerous times on 3ABN and 3ABN Latino, as well as television and radio shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. Maria Jose has written a vegan cookbook, authored health books in Spanish, and has conducted health and nutrition seminars and cooking classes in California, across the U.S., and internationally. She has recently been elected as chairperson of Life Hope Network, an organization that helps to plan, coordinate, and conduct free health clinics for the community in area three of the Central California Conference. Cooking Class Description: “Cooking for Health, Healing, and Longevity” - God has created the human body to function most optimally with the diet He gave humans in the Garden of Eden: the plant-based diet. In this seminar you will learn how to create simple, nutritious, and delicious recipes that will delight the whole family. These plant-based recipes can benefit anyone looking to improve health, reverse chronic disease, feel younger, and have more energy. All recipes are cholesterol free, low in fat, high in fiber, and high in nutrients that are essential for good health. You will learn to enjoy delicious foods that will help you save money by creating simple, wholesome, and delicious meals - even if you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

Marc Woodson
Executive Secretary, Northern California Conference
Marc Woodson serves as the executive secretary of the Northern California Conference. He has worked in various capacities over 29 years, including campus chaplain, youth pastor, senior pastor, youth director and conference administrator. He holds degrees from Oakwood University and the SDA Theological Seminary, as well as a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Woodson’s greatest passion is helping the local church become the agent of change and transformation so desperately needed in today’s world. This passion has led him to work with many local congregations throughout the United States and Canada on strategic planning, church health assessments, gift-based ministry implementation, and leadership development. Woodson is married to the love of his life, Marlene, who currently serves as a volunteer associate pastor at the Concord International Seventh-day Adventist Church, and together they are raising Ari—a lovable Bernese mountain dog. Seminar Description: "Make a Difference in Your Community! Practical and Creative Ways to Engage Those Around You" - We are called by Jesus Christ to be ambassadors of reconciliation to those who are hurting and broken all around us. This interactive seminar will outline practical ways in which you and your local church can make an impact on your community. Participants will learn biblical foundations that encourage community engagement and develop an understanding of the four types of ministry outreach that will help transform lives for God's kingdom!

Other Divisions
Leader: Murray Miller

Leader: Glenn Gibson

Leader: David Carreon

Leader: Lem Garcia

Young Adult (formerly Collegiate) 
Leader: Bob Mason
Theme: “Your Place in His Story”

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