After much prayer and waiting on the Lord, David Jamieson, Church of the Valley pastor, in Langely, British Columbia, has accepted the call to serve as president of Upper Columbia Conference. He has been serving there for just over 20 years and will begin his role at UCC in January.
“My passion in ministry is reaching out to lost men, women, boys and girls with the everlasting gospel, in the context of the three angels' messages, and helping them prepare for the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Jamieson. “We want to encourage everyone, everywhere, to love God, love people and to serve the world.”
In July, the North Pacific Union released a survey. John Freedman, NPUC president and chair of the nominating committee, encouraged all UCC members to use the survey to share their hopes for the future of the conference.
As the survey closed, more than 200 names were put forward for presidency. The NPUC administration prayerfully worked with the UCC nominating committee to select the person God had chosen for the position.
Jamieson grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and attended Canadian Union College (now Burman University), where he met his wife, Shandra. In 1989, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and returned in 2009 to receive a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in evangelism and church growth.
Before pastoring at Church in the Valley, Jamieson served as president of the Newfoundland Conference in Eastern Canada. He has traveled worldwide, speaking at conferences and sharing seminars for pastors and laity, highlighting topics related to pastoral leadership, community outreach and evangelism. Additionally, he has been the speaker-director for Faith Out Loud Canada, a 30-minute, five-days-a-week radio program, listened to throughout all of Canada.
Shandra has supported David in multiple roles during their 36 years of marriage and ministry, including serving children’s ministries divisions, VBS programs, local church guest services and teaching in Adventist schools. Together, they worked to ensure that their four (now adult) children, Shantel, Stacia, Joshua and Jared, were raised in a home, founded on Adventist values while contributing to their continued love for Christ and passion for ministry.
Shantel, their oldest child, lives in Burlington, Washington, with her husband, Nathan, and their son, Jamieson. Stacia, their second daughter, lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, with her husband Michael. Their eldest son, Joshua, daughter-in-law, Emily, and youngest son, Jared, live in Loma Linda, California. All four children attended Walla Walla University.
“I am deeply humbled by and consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the Upper Columbia Conference,” said Jamieson. “It is also abundantly clear to me that it will take all of us working together to advance God's kingdom in the Inland Northwest and beyond. Shandra and I deeply covet your prayers, and we look forward to meeting each of you.”