UCA Announces New Principal

July 02, 2021 | Education | Dustin Jones

The Upper Columbia Academy board and Upper Columbia Conference welcome Jeff “P.J.” Deming as new principal at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Washington. 

“We are very excited to welcome Deming and his family to the Upper Columbia Conference,” says Brian Harris, UCC vice president of education. “We look forward to seeing how God will continue to bless UCA through his leadership.” 

Eric Johnson, previous UCA principal, gave notice of his transition in early April. Harris says, “Eric has led UCA with distinction, and we wish him the best as he and his family make their move to the East Coast."

“This decision was not easy as I love both the students and staff here at UCA," said Johnson. "They are simply the best! It has been a distinct honor to be able to lead Upper Columbia Academy these past four years. I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated your prayers and support, especially this year. I am looking forward to a great finish to our school year.”

Deming comes to UCA with a wealth of administrative experience at the local church, school and conference levels. He graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, with a degree in theology. He also holds a master's degree in leadership and administration from La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He has previously served as a campus chaplain, development director, youth director and lead pastor.

Deming and his wife, Amy, have served for the past 11 years at Monterey Bay Academy in the Central California Conference. They have three adult children and one grandchild.