Knowles Elected Montana President
The Montana Conference Executive Committee, meeting October 18 in Bozeman, elected Merlin L. Knowles as conference president. Knowles, secretary for the Northern New England Conference, will fill the post left open when former president John Loor Jr. assumed the position of North Pacific Union Conference executive secretary.
Merlin and Cheryl Knowles
Knowles has a rich history in the Northwest, attending schools in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology from what is now Walla Walla University, College Place, Washington, in 1979 and holds a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he also hopes to complete a Doctor of Ministry in family ministry by the end of this year.
After beginning pastoral work in Mountain Home, Idaho, in 1979, Knowles went on to minister in the Gooding, Jerome and Caldwell, Idaho, churches through the mid-1980s. He has spent the last two decades in New England, leading churches in Maine and New Hampshire. He accepted his current role in the Northern New England Conference as executive secretary and trust services director in January 2005. With his wife, Cheryl, he has also co-directed the conference family ministries efforts.
-- North Pacific Union Gleaner