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Lorenz Named New NCC Ministerial Director
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On Nov. 10 the Northern California Conference Executive Committee voted to approve James “Jim” Lorenz, II as the new NCC ministerial director. Lorenz has served as senior pastor of the Pleasant Hill church since 2008. He will begin his new, full-time position on Jan. 1, 2016.

Lorenz takes over the responsibilities recently held by Walter Groff, who returned to serving as full-time senior pastor of the Gracepoint church in Rocklin. “Walt brought new insights, fresh ideas, and empathy to his role as ministerial director,” said Lorenz. “I want to do likewise."

He has spent his entire pastoral career in Northern California. Before coming to Pleasant Hill, Lorenz served as pastor of the Sacramento Woodside church for four years; as associate pastor of the Roseville church for seven years; and as pastor of the Antelope Hills/Rio Linda district for three years. “Over 20 years in the NCC, I’ve experienced many of the facets of ministry—solo, team leader, associate, district—and I’m hoping to use those experiences to help other pastors,” he said.

In 2014 Lorenz received a Doctor of Ministry in leadership from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He also holds a Master of Divinity from the Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Pacific Union College.

In his new role, he plans to place a major emphasis on teamwork. “One of my goals is to continue to facilitate cooperation among our pastoral team,” he said. “Rather than seeing the local Adventist church down the street as our biggest competition, we need to collaborate together to further the gospel commission.”

He has been married to Julie, NCC assistant communication director, for almost 23 years. They have two teenaged children, James and Judy, who are students at Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy.

Growing up, Lorenz lived in various places in California, Virginia, Mexico, and Maryland. However, he prefers Northern California because it allows him to pursue his outdoor hobbies—cycling, hiking, and golfing—year round.

Lorenz looks forward to assuming his new job in the new year. “The ministerial director is often called ‘the pastor to the pastors,’” he said. “I am excited to serve and support the excellent group of men and women we have on the NCC pastoral team.”

NCC President Jim Pedersen is glad to see Lorenz in this leadership role. “I’m thrilled to have Jim taking on this new opportunity,” he said. “I’m confident that the Lord will bless in many wonderful ways.”
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