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After 11-years in Upper Columbia Conference, Jay Wintermeyer has accepted a call to the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) as Communication Director. He will be missed greatly as the communication department touches every aspect of the ministry in UCC.

Jay says, “The decision to accept the NPUC call has been a hard one for Jennifer and me. We love our Upper Columbia Conference family. I have especially enjoyed working alongside Elder Labrador and the UCC leadership team here. Their passion for kingdom growth and healthy vibrant churches and schools is inspiring. At the same time, we are excited about this new chapter in God’s plan for our lives. I look forward to being able to serve our Northwest conferences in this new role.

In 2008 Jay arrived in the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) just in time to help with the aftermath of the UCC Fire. He was an integral part of the team in assisting leadership through temporary office space and rebuilding. He has served with distinction in crisis management and with his team of communication professionals. He has been responsible for the many television and radio ministries in UCC as well as web development, public relations, print media and event planning.

“It will be hard to see Jay go,” says Minner Labrador, Jr., president of UCC. “We will miss his steady spirit, his counsel and insight, and his creative abilities. We are thankful he will remain close to the UCC and that our conference is still within his area of service.”

While UCC office staff are finding this transition difficult to process, on the other side of the state, leadership at the NPUC are excited to have Jay use his talents and skills and to be a part of their office family. Steve Vistaunet who is retiring and the outgoing communication director says, “I cannot imagine anyone more gifted to serve the communication needs of our Northwest conferences and members. I have known Jay and Jennifer for more than 20 years as friends and colleagues.” 

“John Freedman, NPUC president says, “We are so happy that Jay has sensed the call of God to take this important step. Steve’s efforts over the years have blessed us all greatly, but I know Jay will also bring unique gifts of tremendous support to our Northwest Mission and of aid to each of our local conferences. I invite our members to keep Jay and his wife, Jennifer, in prayer as they prepare for this important transition.”

Please humor me a bit as I break the rules of journalism and step into this story. As his administrative assistant for all of his years in UCC, I have grown to admire and respect Jay for his caring spirit, his authenticity, his creative style and advice in communication and home improvement fields. He is not only a boss but a friend. And it is hard to say goodbye. 

This verse can be claimed for both Upper Columbia Conference as they recover from this loss, and for Jay as he embarks on this path set before him. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11.




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