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Redwood Camp Meeting Schedule - July 19-28, 2018
(Please note: This schedule is subject to change)

Pepperwood Pavilion

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28
7:00-8:00 a.m.   Ron Mellor, Dan Freedman, Roger Williams --> --> --> --> --> --> --> -->
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 Redwood Staff Meeting --> --> --> --> Community Service Project 9:00-10:45 Sabbath School
9:45-10:45 a.m.   Free Time Sabbath School Grant Agadjanian --> --> --> --> Community Service Project Sabbath
11:00-Noon   Free Time 11:00 a.m. Church - Ivan Williams Gerald Babanezhad --> --> --> --> Community Service Project 11:00 a.m. Church - Shawn Boonstra
Noon   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m.   Free Time Free Time 1:00-3:00 p.m. ABC Sunday Sale Seminar Section 1 --> --> --> Community Service Project Free
3:30-5:00 p.m.   Sabbath Preparation 3:00 p.m. Vonda Beerman Concert
4:30 p.m. ?
Seminar Section 2 --> --> --> Sabbath Preparation 3:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.   Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper Supper
6:15 p.m. Free
Musical Concert --> --> --> --> --> --> --> -->
7:00 p.m. Ivan Williams --> --> --> --> Brad Newton --> ? Shawn Boonstra -->

Shawn Boonstra
Pastor Shawn Boonstra is speaker/director for the Voice of Prophecy ministry. His broadcasts, live seminars and books have been a source of inspiration around the globe, and over the years, his live events have been presented on every continent except Antarctica.
Each week, he hosts VOP’s flagship broadcast, Disclosure. The program—which features his wife, VOP Associate Speaker Jean Boonstra, and special guests—takes a look at current events and trends, with an emphasis on how the Bible’s perspective on today’s issues is more relevant than ever.
He also traverses the globe to hold live meetings, including his Revelation Speaks Peace series, which reveals that prophecy can be understood, and that it ultimately points to the hope we find in Jesus.
Shawn is also spearheading VOP’s effort to provide local churches with resources and training to make their community outreach even more effective. And every church is encouraged to start a local VOP Discover Bible School, which has already seen more than 1 million graduates.
In addition, events such as Shadow Empire and A Pale Horse Rides—are approaching Bible prophecy and issues like religious liberty from new angles, and empowering local churches to reach out to their communities.
The ministry’s reach extends worldwide, and current projects include various outreach programs in Myanmar, the construction of a church in the Arctic, and a rehabilitation home for young girls who have been the victims of human trafficking in India.
Prior to coming to VOP in 2013, Shawn served as an associate ministerial director at the North American Division, where his role was to inspire, train and equip pastors and churches for evangelism.
Before this assignment, he served for seven years as speaker/director for It Is Written International Television. While there, he held major series in places such as Phoenix, Portland, Los Angeles, Rome and the Andhra Pradesh region in India. Satellite events included Revelation Speaks Peace, Out of Thin Air, The Presence and The Appearing. Thousands of churches downlinked and hosted these meetings.    
In his early pastoral career, he served as speaker/director for It Is Written Canada and pastored a number of churches in British Columbia.
He currently lives in Loveland, Colorado, enjoys any activity that gets him out of doors and into the mountains, especially when his wife and two daughters join him. Learn more about Shawn and the Voice of Prophecy at vop.com. 

Bradford C. Newton
Bradford C. Newton was elected executive secretary of the Pacific Union on March 5, 2008. Newton became executive secretary after serving as president of Nevada-Utah Conference since 2004. From 1999 to 2004 Newton served as the government relations director and associate public affairs and religious liberty director of the Pacific Union. Before assuming responsibilities in religious liberty, Newton served as the senior pastor of the Simi Valley church in Southern California and pastor of a number of congregations in the Illinois Conference. In January of 2010, he assumed the additional responsibility of Union Ministerial Director.

A native of Arcadia, California, Newton received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University.

Bradford's wife, Jennifer Christian Newton, is a health care management consultant. The Newtons have two children; Amanda who is employed in the finance department at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Tyler, who is the Employment Manager for Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora, California.

​Ivan L. Williams, Sr.
Ivan L. Williams, Sr. is passionate about pastoral ministry and soul winning. He serves as the director of the Ministerial Department for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. The NAD ministerial team serves and supports more than 4,200 pastors and more than 100 ministerial directors and associates in Bermuda, Canada, the United States, and the Guam-Micronesia Mission. Prior to this, he served as the ministerial director for the Northern California Conference. 
Williams was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 13, while working in an evangelistic meeting, Williams sensed God’s call to ministerial service through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  
In preparation for full-time ministry, he subsequently pursued educational training at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, where he graduated with degrees in Communications and Theology. He also graduated from Andrews University Theological Seminary, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a Master of Divinity degree, and from Claremont School of Theology, in Claremont, California, with a Doctor of Ministry degree. His project-dissertation dealt with pastoral burnout and renewal in Seventh-day Adventist ministry.
Williams' pastoral ministry has spanned more than 24 years at many churches in the South Atlantic, Southeastern California, and Northern California Conferences. Dr. Williams serves on numerous boards and committees inside and outside of the Church striving to make a difference for Christ.
In addition to pastoral ministry, Williams also served eight years as a chaplain for the California State Assembly in Sacramento, California.  He currently serves as a United States Air Force Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Maryland Air National Guard, and is the co-host of the “Ministry in Motion” broadcast which can be seen and heard on television and radio. 
Williams enjoys family time, media and broadcasting, reading, preaching, barbering, athletics, sharing hope, and teaching people to live a balanced life through Jesus Christ. He has been able to be all he can be with the unconditional love and support of his Heavenly Father, his faithful wife Kathleen, and their two children, Imani, and Ivan, II.

Concerts and Special Events

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!

Vonda Beerman
Sabbath, July 21 • 3:00 p.m.
Angel Award winner, Vonda Beerman, is an inspirational soprano with an obvious passion for “message” songs. Vonda has consistently strove to keep true to her calling as one of God’s musicians singing concerts in churches, prisons, camp-meetings and numerous telecasts and special events. You can also hear her music on Pandora Radio, iTunes Store and Radio, as well as countless others. Vonda travels the country sharing her testimony and music with a passion. Some call her the sweetest voice in Christian music today. The voice of an angel. Vonda’s passion for the Lord surely comes out in her concerts and gives you good spiritual food to take home for a lifetime.

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28
7:00 a.m. Venden --> --> --> --> --> --> --> --> -->
9:45 a.m.   Kontes Sabbath
Kontes --> --> --> --> Community
Service Day
Sabbath School
11:00 a.m.                 Community
Service Day
1:00 p.m.                    
7:00 p.m.                    

Michael Kontes
Pastor, Antelope Hills/Rio Linda Seventh-day Adventist Church District
Michael Kontes was raised in a traditional Greek home in Sacramento, with Greek food, Greek school, and Greek culture. Kontes is married to his high school sweetheart Ragan, and they have three children: Luke, Arianna, and Micah. Kontes received his Bachelor of Arts degree 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. Presentation Description: "Why Adventism Matters Today!" - In a world that seems to have lost its moral compass, in a world that "calls good bad and bad good", in a world that is being intentionally torn down the middle ... Jesus has placed His Church in the midst of this Pershing world to shine as a light. In this series we will study why the Seventh day Adventist Church matters.

Sam Leonor 
Sam Leonor loves his work as Pastor to the students and faculty of La Sierra University. He is passionate about spiritual awakening among young adults, especially college students. He loves to see them bloom into faith that is missional, growing and full of love. He devotes much of his ministry to exploring contemporary Biblical spirituality in the context of community. His ministry is marked by a call to radical faith that engages culture deeply and emphasizes justice. His other interests include making music, traveling, history and good food. Sam was raised in Central America where his parents were part of developing church and health care missions. He has degrees from Southern Adventist University, Andrews University, and is a doctoral candidate at George Fox University. He is married to Shelley Campbell. They have two children, Alexandra (born in 2000), and a son, Micah (born in 2003). Presentation Description: “Before All Things: The Preeminence of Christ” - A study in the book of Colossians.

Chanda M. Nunes
Pastor Chanda M. Nunes, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, in a Christian home, by two God fearing Jamaican Parents. Pastor Nunes recognized her call to ministry at the age of 9, and credits many church leaders who acknowledged this—and took a risk on her as a young person, by assigning her various leadership roles.  As a result, she has grown a passion for preaching, youth/young adult ministries, outreach, evangelism, and leading Praise & Worship.

Pastor Nunes is a graduate of Burman University, formerly Canadian University College, (BA Religious Studies, minor Biblical Languages), & Andrews University (Masters of Divinity). She also holds associate degrees in Private Investigation & Paralegalling, and is also a Certified Life Coach Practitioner.

Pastor Nunes began her pastoral ministry in 2003, serving the Alberta Conference, at the College Heights SDA Church, as an Associate Pastor for Youth, as well as the Chaplain for Parkview Adventist Academy & College Heights Christian School, on the campus of Canadian University College.

From 2008-2015, Pastor Nunes served the Kansas-Nebraska Conference as a Youth Pastor, and then as an Associate Pastor for New Haven SDA, (Kansas City), and was the first Black ever to serve in the Conference, as well as the first Black female pastor to serve in the Mid- American Union. During that time, she was also Commissioned. 

Currently, Pastor Nunes serves the Northern California Conference as an Associate Pastor for the Capitol City SDA Church in Sacramento, CA. She is the first Black female Pastor to serve within the Conference, and within the African-American work.

Her favorite Scripture is Psalm 91:1-2—“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Him will I trust.”

Gary Venden
In ministry for over 39 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. Returning to Redwood each summer is something they look forward to with great joy and anticipation! Presentation Description: "The Return of Elijah: Preparing a people for the coming of the Lord" - God is in the business of saving people, not losing them. God knows that the day of His return will be like a “refiner’s fire and a launderer’s soap” (Malachi 3:2). It will be awesome, transforming and irreversible. So God promises to send a special messenger, just before Messiah arrives, to warn and prepare His people who are talking in anticipation of Messiah but are “really like so not ready” for His coming. Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament, tells of the forerunner for the first coming of Messiah and calls him Elijah. Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, picks up the same Elijah theme in anticipation of Messiah’s second coming. Who is this Elijah? What is his message? What does that have to do with you and me, today, as Jesus followers and as Seventh-day Adventists?

  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
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10:00 a.m. ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- -------  
11:00 a.m. ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- -------    
7:00 p.m. Predicaion (Ramon Verduzco) Predicacion (Salatiel Alvarez) Predicacion (Salatiel Alvarez) Predicacion (Salatiel Alvarez) Predicacion (Marco Molina) Predicacion (Roman R Leal) Predicacion (Roman R Leal) Predicacion (Roman R Leal) Predicacion (Gabriel Velazquez)

Gabriel Velazquez 
Conferencista Internacional, ha sido Presidente, departamental y evangelista por más de 35 años, especialista en temas de Salud Mental y Vida familiar, actualmente es pastor de la Iglesia que lo vió crecer y donde fue bautizado en La Mesa Tijuana Baja California México.

Salatiel Álvarez García
El Pastor Salatiel Álvarez García es originario de Reforma Chiapas, México. Hizo sus estudios básicos en su pueblo natal, sus estudios medio superior en un pueblo llamado Tecpatan Chiapas, donde Dios lo llamo para prepararse y ser un ministro de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día. El Ptr. Álvarez tiene una maestria en teología pastoral y a desempeñado su ministerio junto con su familia en diferentes distritos , así como departamental de campo y Unión en diversas áreas incluyendo vida familiar, actualmente es el secretario de la Asociación del Soconusco de la Unión Mexicana de Chiapas. Esta felizmente casado con la Maestra Ceila Ramírez Morales, Dios le ha regalado dos preciosos hijos, Cesar Jhoam y Jheimmy Salitza de 17 y 13 años respectivamente.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
  July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Seminar Section 1
Prayer Chapel Prayer Seminar --> --> -->
Health Venue        
Planned Giving Venue Planned Giving Planned Giving Planned Giving Planned Giving
Pepperwood Grove        
Bernie Follett Grove Dr. Gary Wagner
Creation's Rescue Mission
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3:30-5:00 p.m.
Seminar Section 2
Health Venue        
Planned Giving Venue Bible Study - A Sure
Harvest Ministries
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Pepperwood Grove        
Bernie Follett Grove        

Other Divisions
Leader: Murray Miller

Leader: Glenn Gibson

Leader: David Carreon

Leader: Lem Garcia

Young Adult (formerly Collegiate) 
Leader: Caleb Henry

Larry Siemens is back this year, leading his popular nature and bird walks at Redwood! Siemens is the chair of the science department at Simpson University. 

Last year Redwood campers found 156 bird species during camp meeting and added 11 new species, including Snowy Plover, Western Screech Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, and Gray Jay to the 14-year camp meeting bird list, which includes 199 species. Help us break 200 in 2018 as we see God's love and care in His feathered handiwork.

You're invited to attend any and all of the following nature and bird walks.

  • Sabbath, July 21 - Join Siemens for a NATURE WALK to the albino redwood in Founders Grove.  Meet at 2:30 p.m. by the First Aid Station or at 3:00 p.m. at the Founders Grove parking lot.
  • Sunday, July 22 - Come enjoy the delights of a BIRDING at the Arcata marsh. Bring your binoculars, wear walking shoes, and meet at 7:00 a.m. by the First Aid Station to carpool for a morning of great birding. 
  • Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 - Carrying your binoculars is a great way to meet other birders! Enjoy morning BIRD WALKS along the Eel River and Registration Road from 6:30-8:00 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Meet in front of the Adult II tent.
  • Thursday, July 26 - Come out after the evening meeting to see the resident Barn Owls on the OWL WATCH. Meet at the east end of Sedge at the corner of the meadow at 9:45 p.m.
  • Sabbath, July 28 - Enjoy a quiet NATURE WALK through the redwoods of the Rockefeller Grove on Sabbath afternoon. Meet at 3:00 p.m. by the First Aid Station to carpool to redwoods on the other side of the Eel River.
Pacific Union College is at Redwood Camp Meeting! Alumni and friends of the college are invited to join the alumni and advancement team for Sabbath lunch, July 28, in the Picnic Pavilion following the church service. We invite you to stop by the PUC booth during the week to talk with our team about the college, including how to enroll and apply for financial aid. We look forward to seeing you!
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