HELLO AND FAREWELL TO UMVIM WJ CONFERENCE COORDINATORS
Our UMVIM WJ Conference Coordinators help to make UMVIM here in the Western Jurisdiction possible. They are a key part and sometimes the only part of the infrastructure that allows churches and individuals the tools to serve as short-term volunteers through the UMC. This connection extends around the country and the world at hundreds of service opportunties.
Bev and Scott Pressman have been the UMVIM Conference Coordinators for Oregon-Idaho Conference and done an amazing job. Likewise, Kent Heltne was Co-Coordinator for the Desert Southwest Conference and was instrumental in helping lead and support many UMVIM teams to and from the Desert Southwest Conference. Sandra Pahlke in the Alaska UMC Conference was also a strong support on behalf of UMVIM WJ during her short time serving as the Conference Coordinator for Alaska. All four of these individuals will be leaving their posts as UMVIM Conference Coordinators as they move on to other areas where God has called them.
As such, I wanted to extend my great apprecation to Scott, Bev, Kent, and Sandra. We will miss you but know that your service is not ending but only changing. May God continue to use each of you in mighty ways.
At the same time, we want to welcome Bill Sanford. He will be the new UMVIM Conference Co-Coordinator and will be working with Chris Spencer on behalf of Desert Southwest Conference. Actually, we are welcoming him back as he served as UMVIM Conference Coordinator for Desert Southwest for a number of years before. It is good to have him return to add his wealth of experience and skills to UMVIM WJ. We also welcome Jennifer Gutierrez as the UMVIM Conference Coordinator for Cal-Pac Conference!!