Elder Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, announced his intention to retire in a meeting with the Conference Executive Committee on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Paul and Patti have been honored to serve in UCC since 2013.
Elder Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, announced his intention to retire in a meeting with the conference executive committee on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
In a letter to conference pastors and staff, Paul said, "Over this past year Patti and I have prayerfully considered this and are grateful for God's leading into this new chapter of our lives. I will always remember with delight my time here in the Upper Columbia Conference as your president. I long for the day when we shall all be together again, caught up in the sky, united with family, friends and Jesus."
Paul announced his plans to continue working until spring of 2018 to allow adequate time for the conference nominating committee and executive committee to complete a search process.
Paul has served as Upper Columbia Conference president since 2013. Talking with staff, he said, "It has been an enormous honor to serve here in Upper Columbia these past five years, I will forever cherish the relationships, friends, and privilege of serving you."
Paul previously served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as vice president for administration for the Georgia Cumberland Conference. He also pastored in the Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia-Cumberland Conferences. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in 2001.
He grew up in several places around the world, as his father was in the military. He was baptized into the Adventist church in 1977 in Tampa, Fla. Hoover attended Southern Adventist University, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in Theology and then from Andrews University in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree.
Hoover enjoys running, golf, road biking and spending time with his family. His wife, Patti, is a registered nurse. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren who they look forward to spending much more time with.