Vice President for Administration
Since 2005, Doug Johnson has served as the Vice President for Administration of the Upper Columbia Conference. Prior to this position, he worked as assistant to the president, director of Communications and Stewardship as well as coordinator of the Church Ministries Consulting Service in the Upper Columbia Conference.
Before coming to the conference office in 2000, Johnson served twenty years as a pastor in the Washington and then Upper Columbia conferences. His last pastorate was with the Blue Mountain Valley Church in northeastern Oregon.
In 1996 Johnson published a book with Andrews University Press entitled Adventism on the Northwestern Frontier. The book, which is available through the Adventist Book Center stores, traces the early history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, he is researching and writing a book on the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the American West.
As part of the Upper Columbia Conference’s 125th anniversary, Johnson wrote a self-guided history tour of the Inland Northwest as well as a short history of the conference. He has also written numerous historical articles for Adventist periodicals.
In 1998 Johnson worked with a committee that developed the Church Ministries Consulting Service. He then began serving as the coordinator of this new service that assists churches with a self-assessment process that helps them get a realistic view of their strengths and weaknesses. The service also provides practical suggestions on how the church can improve and grow. In the past seven years he has worked with over 50 churches in the Upper Columbia Conference.
Johnson was born and raised in the Lewiston, Idaho area and graduated from Upper Columbia Academy (1971) and Walla Walla College (1977) with a degree in theology. In 1981 he graduated from Andrews University with a Masters of Divinity degree.
He is married to Denise Sylvester Johnson who is also a graduate of Walla Walla College (1976). She serves as the administrative assistant for the Ministerial and Evangelism Department of the Upper Columbia Conference. They are the parents of two adult children, Hans and Erik.