North Pacific Union welcomed Keith Hallam as the new vice president for education in September during the 2022 NPUC Constituency Session, where he was nominated to fill the vacancy left by Dennis Plubell who recently retired. The vote was taken and quickly affirmed.
“This invitation to return to NPUC was a surprise to my wife and I,” shared Hallam. “We had always thought that we would finish our ministry in the Southern Union. However, our grandchildren were living on the West Coast, and we knew we could not live so far away. We wrestled with knowing if this was a call from God or something we as grandparents just wanted.”
Hallam and his wife, Kandyce, have three children, Kristofor, Korrine and Kurtis — all graduates of Auburn Adventist Academy — and five grandchildren.
“It was amazing to see how God placed people into our lives whom we respect as God-fearing people, who didn’t even know our dilemma, to council us," shared Hallam. "Our prayers changed from, 'Make the way clear,' to, ‘Lord, if this opportunity remains open, we will accept the call.’”
Hallam’s experience has included teaching at Wisconsin Academy, and serving as principal of Enterprise Academy and Auburn Adventist Academy. Hallam also worked at Potomac Conference as vice president of education. Most recently, he was the associate director of secondary education and director of education at Southern Union Conference in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
“I look forward to seeing how God will move his work forward in our schools in NPUC and the hearts of our teachers and students,” said Hallam. “NPUC has always been very supportive of our Adventist education as a major part of our church’s evangelism for our young people and families. It is my prayer that I will be faithful and use my skills to bless others in their journey of service.”
Hallam earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Washington, and later earned his master’s degree in education from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
“I am very much encouraged by the commitment and determination to have our early childhood centers and schools be safe havens for our young people,” shared Hallam after meeting with the education leaders throughout NPUC during the last few months. “These are places where children know they are loved and supported in their spiritual and academic development. I pray that my efforts to assist our education professionals will bring courage to stay faithful to our mission to lead students to encounter Jesus, accept His gift of salvation and follow Him.”