Northwest Leadership Convention

Power Surge — Spirit-led Ministry formed the theme for pastors, church leaders and family members gathering at Walla Walla University, September 7–10, for the Northwest Adventist Leadership Convention. Sponsored by the North Pacific Union Conference and local conferences, the event is traditionally planned every five years in conjunction with the NPUC Constituency Session.

Pam McVay, on-campus event coordinator, and a host of the WWU staff, along with students and local volunteers, handled challenges flawlessly, as the university rolled out the welcome mat for nearly 1,000 guests.

From morning plenary sessions, to afternoon breakouts and evening keynote programs, issues such as creation and science, evangelism and prophecy, and finance and family, filled the schedule.

Pastors wives enjoyed a special Thursday morning brunch with presenter, Elizabeth Talbot, associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy broadcast.

More than 150 children were integrated into an active program which involved outdoor activities and a special banquet designed just for them.

Alphonso McCarthy, NPUC vice president for regional affairs, coordinated the children's programs. He counted it a privilege to help. "Pastors and their families are always giving, giving, giving," he says. "We wanted to give back to them, to make them feel loved and cared for."

It was truly a camp meeting for pastors and their families. These photos are courtesy of Heidi Martella, Washington Conference communication director. More are available online at or via your mobile device using the GLEANER on the Go code featured here.

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