Hundreds Attend Memorial Service of Pastor Leonard Atkins

Max Torkelsen, president of the Upper Columbia Conference preaches the sermonette at the Len Atkins Memorial Service.Source: Upper Columbia Conference Communications

[July 2, 2007] There was standing room only at the memorial service for Pastor Leonard Atkins. More than 450 people crowded into the sanctuary, balcony and foyer of the church to see the memorial service for the pastor, husband, father, family member and friend "Lennie" Atkins.

Because of the expected larger crowd, the service, Saturday, June 30, 2007, was held at the Pine Ridge Community Church in Newport Washington rather than the Seventh-day Adventist church that he was pastor of in Newport.

Upper Columbia Conference President, Max Torkelsen preached the homily. "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

Leonard Atkins passed away Sunday morning, June 24, 2007. He and his wife, Ann, were participating in a voluntary health assessment at the Upper Columbia Conference office. Leonard lost consciousness after completing the assessment.

Medical doctors were in attendance at the event and efforts were made to revive him by the medical personnel present, as well as by the emergency medical team called to the scene. His heart stopped while en route to the hospital. Pastor Atkins was 59 years old and is survived by his wife and two children, Shane and Tonya.

Leonard and Ann were missionaries in Africa for more than 20 years before coming to Upper Columbia Conference.

Please keep the Atkins family in your prayers as they deal with the shock and pain of tragic and unexpected loss.