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Union Children’s Ministries Leaders Convene at the Review

Story By Beth Michaels

Children’s Ministries leaders from each of Columbia Union’s eight conferences, plus guest leaders from other conferences, recently convened at the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Md., for the annual union advisory meeting. Frank Bondurant, the Columbia Union Conference’s vice president for Ministries Development, facilitated the meeting, which unites local Children’s Ministries leaders for the purpose of networking, collaborating and training.

The Review and Herald graciously hosted the meeting with personal greetings from Mark Thomas, president, and Dwight Hall, their newly appointed vice president for marketing. Candy Devore, the Review’s Children’s Ministries resource consultant, also attended and unveiled the new Vacation Bible School program, which is produced by the Review. Randy Fischell, editor of Insight magazine, shared some of the new resources the Review has available for reaching children and youth. The Review even opened their bookstore and offered a special discount to attendees.

“I really appreciated the way the Review and Herald personnel went out of their way to serve these local conference leaders,’” said Bondurant. “Not only was their facility the ideal place for our meeting, but it also allowed us to become familiar with the Review staff and truly enter into a partnership with them in ministering to the children in our churches.”

Phyllis Washington, the North American Division Children’s Ministries director, was also on hand to review several of the programs her department offers to local conference directors and provided each participant with a bag full of helpful resources. Additionally, she led the group through a planning session for the NAD Children’s Convention ‘Go Fish,’ which will be held in Columbus, Ohio, October 7-9.