by Jay Wintermeyer
Spokane, Wash., November 5, 2012 - Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) announced today that Elder Bob Folkenberg, Jr., accepted a call to serve as President of the Chinese Union Mission based in Hong Kong. He will be leaving to assume his new post effective January 1, 2013.
Bob and his wife, Audrey, say “We regret having to leave our wonderful UCC family. We have immensely enjoyed working with the team over the past four years and look forward to how God will continue to lead and guide.”
Bob and Audrey are torn by the decision to move as they dearly love the UCC family. However, they both feel this call is one directly from God. "If we say no," says Bob, "we feel like we'd be following in Jonah's footsteps."
Bob has served as president of Upper Columbia conference since early 2009. During that time he implemented ground-breaking evangelism methods that changed how local churches approached outreach. The initiative, called Share the Life, has been responsible for more than 1,000 requests for Bible studies and hundreds of baptisms.
In addition to outreach, Bob also worked tirelessly to oversee the reconstruction of the UCC headquarters in the wake of the 2008 fire that destroyed much of the previous facility. “The rebuilding process, which took more than two years to complete, was one where God really blessed,” he says.
The North Pacific Union leadership will begin working with the UCC Nominating and Executive Committees to find a new president. In the meantime, Elder Doug Johnson, Vice President for Administration, will serve as interim administrator for the conference.