Following last year’s theme of Living Generously, this year we are exploring God’s instructions for Sharing Faithfully.
Please join us in Auburn from Friday, June 15, through Sabbath, June 23, for a family-friendly week of spiritual growth and Christian community.
Our featured speakers this year are:
- First Weekend: Ron Halvorsen, Jr., Ohio Conference president
- Early Mornings: Randy Maxwell, Renton (Wash.) pastor and author
- Mid-Mornings: Dr. Ryan Hayes, Andrews University Chemistry Professor
- Monday Night: Doug Bing, Washington Conference president
- Weeknights (Tues-Thurs): Harold Alomia, College View (Neb.) pastor
- Second Weekend: Dr. Fredrick Russell, Atlanta Berean (Ga.) pastor
Get to Know Our Speakers
First Weekend Speaker
Ron Halvorsen Jr. is a veteran Seventh-day Adventist pastor and leader who currently serves as the president of Ohio Conference. He shares something in common with our week night speaker: Halvorsen was previously the pastor of College View, Neb., church on the campus of Union College. Alomia is the current pastor of this congregation.
God called Halvorsen to minister as an adjunct theology professor, radio/television ministry personality, and published magazine author. He also pastored at Sligo Adventist Church in Maryland, and Keene Adventist Church in Texas. Longtime Adventists in western Washington will remember when Halvorsen pastored in Tacoma, Washington.
Halvorsen and his wife Beth "Buffy" Vercio Halvorsen (a licensed marriage and family therapist) have two adult children and one grandchild. He is the son of evangelist Ron Halvorsen Sr., who presented Snapshots of the Savior in 2007 in Auburn, Washington, and author of From Gangs to God.
Early Morning Speaker
Randy Maxwell pastors the culturally diverse and vibrant community of faith at Renton Adventist Church in Washington. He has pastoral experience in Idaho, editorial experience with Pacific Press Publishing Association, and a keen interest in prayer ministry, evangelism, and church planting.
He is the founder of If My People Pray Ministries through which he has presented prayer and revival seminars across North America and internationally. He has seven books including If My People Pray, Bring Back the Glory, On Eagles’ Wings, and Boot Camp for the Last Days. Maxwell is also teaching pastor for eight DVD series, and has made several guest appearances on 3ABN.
Maxwell and his wife Suzette (an administrative assistant for Auburn Adventist Academy) have three adult children, one son-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren who are the loves of their lives (one sleeps in Jesus awaiting the resurrection).
Dr. Ryan T. Hayes, Professor of Chemistry, has been teaching chemistry at Andrews University since 2009 and has a passion for making chemistry understandable for people of all ages. Dr. Hayes is active with research studying carcinogens in burnt plant proteins, developing new applications for nanopolymers, and analyzing various minerals in food.
Dr. Hayes will provide an inspirational and educational program to help you discover the chemical design of our planet. Using interactive chemistry demonstrations and stimulating presentations, you will see God’s hand at work in the everyday workings that power and provide for life.
Week Night Speaker
Harold Alomia is one of the youngest pastors to lead the College View Church in Lincoln, Neb., the largest Adventist church in the Mid-America Union. He’s also their first pastor from South America. He is joined in ministry by his wife, Rosie (a freelance portrait photographer), and has pastored in Nebraska and Colorado. His hobbies include photography, sports, time with friends, and music. The couple has a young daughter.
Second Weekend Speaker
Dr. Fredrick Russell is a well-respected speaker, magazine author, and leader. He currently pastors the Atlanta Berean Adventist Church in Georgia and previously served as president of Allegheny West Conference and pastor of Miracle Temple Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
In addition to his pastoral and administrative ministry, he develops leaders in church, corporate, academic and governmental settings. He holds a B.A. in Theology and a Master's Degree in Management.
Read how Russell started as a magazine columnist for the Adventist Review.