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Mountain View Conference Members Learn to “Act in Concert”

Story by Monica Zill


Amy and Charles Garvick from the Wheeling (W.Va.) church enjoy a seminar.

Almost 100 church officers from all over the Mountain View Conference gathered at the Boulevard church in Charleston, W.Va., last Sunday, to learn about their specific church ministry. With the theme “Acting in Concert,” members attended seminars for elders, deacons, deaconesses, Children’s Ministries, Pathfinders, Youth Ministries, Health Ministries, communication, personal outreach, church clerks, adult Sabbath School and Treasury.

“From what I heard from others and my experience; this church officer training was the best we have had since I’ve been here. Praise God for His continuing work in this conference,” shared John Ott, who pastors the Moorefield, Romney and Franklin churches in West Virginia.

“We had tremendous turn out and are excited that our members came to help improve unity and outreach in our local churches,” commented Larry Boggess, conference president. “I expected a good turn out from the churches close by, but we [even] had groups travel from Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland and further distances."

Neville Harcombe, executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference, started the assembly with a compelling message. He encouraged attendees to listen and know God’s voice, as Samuel did, even as a young boy. He also helped lead the elders training session.

“This training was well-organized with so many choices, I wasn’t sure where I should go,” enthused Amy Fullmer from the Parkersburg (W.Va.) church. “I learned so much from both the seminars I attended and brought home enthusiasm and materials to continue the momentum.”


Randy Murphy, former conference president, speaks at the deaconess session. 


Deaconesses. 


Neville Harcombe, executive secretary for the Columbia Union.