Following an invitation by the Upper Columbia Conference Nominating Committee and Executive Committee Monday, April 16, 2018, Dr. Minner Labrador, Jr. accepted a call to serve as conference president.
Pastor Labrador said, “Evelyn and I are looking forward to serving the members of Upper Columbia Conference as we prepare for the soon coming of the Lord. Please keep us in your prayers as we make the transition to Spokane. We look forward to personally meeting you very soon.”
John Freedman, North Pacific Union Conference President, said, "I'm excited about Minner Labrador joining our northwest family. Please join me in prayer for God's richest blessings upon him as the mantel of spirtual servant-leadership is placed upon his shoulders."
Pastor Labrador currently serves as the vice president of ministries and director of ministerial stewardship and men’s ministries. He has been serving in the Southwestern Union since 2011 and plans to transition to Spokane, Washington at the beginning of June.
He previously served in the Carolina Conference as men’s ministries director and senior pastor of the Sharon Church located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior, he served in the Carolina Conference and in the Florida Conference as men’s ministries director and pastor of the Clearwater Church, the Belleview English and the Ocala Spanish Churches and in the city of Miami as a youth pastor.
While in Florida, pastor Labrador hosted a daily radio talk show on Divine Direction Live Radio. He is the founder and creator of the men’s ministries television series
Old Man New Man which can be seen around the world. He has led and pioneered the work of men’s ministries across North America for over twenty years.
He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University located in Collegedale, Tennessee, Andrews University located in Berrien Springs, Michigan and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary located in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his doctoral studies with a specialty in redemptive leadership and healthy organizational structures.
His wife, Evelyn Labrador, is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is presently working at the Southwestern Union Conference as an administrative assistant. They have been married since 1986 and have two sons, Minner and Mario. In April 2015 the Labradors became the proud grandparents of Lucas Minervino Labrador.