by Jon Dalrymple
SPOKANE, Wash., September 27, 2011 - The Upper Columbia Conference Executive Committee voted to invite Wendy Eberhardt to be the new director of the Youth department and Camp MiVoden. Eberhardt, who is currently the Youth Ministries and Camp Director for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, has accepted the invitation and will begin her new responsibilities in mid-October. She replaces Richard Parker who has become the new Human Resources director and Office Manager for Upper Columbia Conference.
Eberhardt has over 25 years experience in youth work, in which she has worked as a camp director, camp manager, dean of girls and an academy art teacher. She also was recently the president of the Association of Adventist Camp Professionals and teaches seminars on camp management, leadership training and marketing for summer camps.
"We are fortunate to have Wendy come to Upper Columbia," says Parker. "She is a consummate youth camp professional; she loves youth and has a real heart to guide them in their relationship with Jesus."
"It is a joy for me to work with youth and see their passion for Jesus Christ," says Eberhardt, "I love to help kids share their love for Jesus in effective ways and help them find out where they fit in our culture as Adventists. We are really excited to be coming to the Northwest and have clearly seen how the Lord has led us to accept this call."
Eberhardt and her husband, Ed, a builder and an academy teacher, have been married for 27 years. They both take the approach that youth ministry is a team effort. They have a son, John, who is currently a senior at Upper Columbia Academy.