Hoover to Lead Upper Columbia Conference, Succeeding Folkenberg, Jr.
Veteran pastor, administrator moves from Georgia-Cumberland Conference. (Posted February 20, 2013)

BY JAY WINTERMEYER, Upper Columbia Conference communication director, reporting from Spokane, Washington

Paul Hoover accepted the call to serve as president for the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He will serve as president following Bob Folkenberg, Jr.’s recent move to the China Union Mission.

CONFERENCE LEADER: Paul Hoover, left, a veteran Seventh-day Adventist pastor and administrator, is the new president of the Upper Columbia Conference, headquartered in Spokane, Washington. Patti, at right, is his wife and a registered nurse. [PHOTO: UCC]
Hoover says, “On behalf of Patti and myself, we want you to know we are deeply honored and humbled to accept the opportunity to serve with so many dedicated wonderful people. We look forward to following God’s leading and becoming a part of the Upper Columbia Conference family.”

Hoover, currently vice president for administration for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, 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, Florida. 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.

He served as pastor in the Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Georgia-Cumberland conferences. In 1991 he accepted a call to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference and pastored the Smyrna-King Springs church and Calhoun, Georgia, church. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in 2001.

Hoover enjoys running, golf, road biking, and spending time with his family. His wife, Patti, is a registered nurse. They have two grown sons.

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