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Whitehead Named UCC Associate Director for Young Adult, Youth and Club Ministries

After an exhaustive search, Ryan Whitehead has been selected as the new Upper Columbia Conference associate director for young adult, youth and club ministries. Whitehead is currently serving as the associate pastor for Adventist Community Church in Vancouver, Washington.

“Over the last few months as I have gotten to know Whitehead and his wife, Bridget, I have been more and more impressed,” said Jeff Wines, UCC director of young adult, youth and club ministries. “It is evident that Whitehead is passionate about young people knowing Jesus, and his excitement to be part of the youth and young adult team is wonderful!”

Whitehead has more than seven years of experience working on a church team with young people and three years of experience as a district pastor in Washington Conference. He has recently graduated from Andrews University with a doctoral degree in ministry with a focus on discipleship. His master’s degree in divinity is also from Andrews University, with his undergraduate degree from Southern Adventist University.

Prior to his work at the three-church district in Washington, Whitehead was assistant pastor at Auburn Adventist Academy Church. Whitehead and his wife, Bridget, have one young daughter, Brynna.

“The value I bring to this position, in addition to a life lived in ministry to youth and young adults, is my full-time ministry experience involved with this same age group,” said Whitehead. “My ability to connect with youth and adults allows me to support both well as we journey together toward the kingdom.”

Whitehead replaces Richie Brower, who served in the position for several years. Late last year, Brower was named as associate director of the new Serve One More initiative.

Wines is already looking ahead to see what kinds of plans Whitehead will be initiating. “Both Whitehead and Bridget are kind and engaging people,” said Wines. “Our department can’t wait for his family to move to the Inland Northwest. We are very much looking forward to seeing what they will do in this conference.”

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