2016 Northwest ASI Convention Presentor Bios

Pastor Dave Allan

Oregon Conference Vice President

Dave served as the Senior Pastor at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland before

accepting the current position at the Oregon Conference headquarters. Prior to his ministry with

Sunnyside, Dave served as President of Helderberg College, an Adventist institution in Somerset

West, South Africa. Before his academic leadership, Dave served as President of the Cape

Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for three years, and held a number of leadership roles

within that conference

Pastor Shirley Allan

Oregon Conference Children’s Ministry Director

I am a wife (to David Allen), mom (to Sheldon and Darren and their incredible wives Chantelle

and Michelle) and grandma (to Kayla, Ethan and Zara). I love Jesus and decided to follow Him

at a young age. I was called to minister to children at age 12 and since then have been able to do

so through teaching and children's ministry and as a pastor. I currently serve as the Children’s

Ministries Director of the Oregon Conference. I share my passion about leading children to

Jesus with everyone who is called to do that too and anyone who is willing to listen. Before

serving in Oregon we served in South Africa in the former Transvaal Conference and Cape


Fred Cornforth

CEO, Community Development Incorporated

Fred is a former minister and author of several books published around the world. Fred is

founder and CEO of Community Development, Inc, a national apartment development company

located in Boise, Idaho. He and his wife Jill are happily married and have 4 children between

them: Kadie, Andrew, Charlie and Holly. He enjoys speaking and writing, reading, running, and

spending time with his family.

Larry Dodds

Chairman of the Board, Gospel Outreach

Gospel Outreach is a lay-led ministry focusing on taking the gospel to the 10:40 window through

training and supporting of national Bible workers.  He recently retired as COO and Senior Vice

President of Adventist Health with emphasis on mission after a 40 year career with Adventist

Health serving in many capacities.  He has served on the North Pacific Union Executive

Committee and Walla Walla University Board.  Larry and his wife Jane live in Walla Walla,

Washington, and have two children and four grandchildren.  

Dick and Brenda Deurkson

Oregon Conference Director of Creative Ministries |Triage Director of AMEN Clinic

Dick and Brenda have traveled the world for Maranatha International.  Dick spent 15 years as

host of Maranatha mission stories and is known as a master story teller and world class

photographer.  Dick recently accepted a position as Director of Creative Ministries for the

Oregon Conference.  Brenda is a nurse and coordinated the medical outreach of Maranatha

mission trips.  Currently she is Triage Director for the upcoming AMEN clinic to be held in

Portland, Oregon.  

Dr. Terry Johnsson

Executive Director for Mission Integration, Adventist Health

Dr. Terry Lyndon Johnsson has a unique story that has inspired thousands over the years.  He

served as a Presidential Honor Guard for three U.S. Presidents, and his story is nothing short of

a miracle, as he was diagnosed with an extreme case of dyslexia as a young man.  His full story

can be found in his books “For His Honor” and "Aim High.”  He went on to earn a doctoral

degree at the prestigious Wesley Theological Seminary of Washington DC.  After years of

ministering to young adults, Dr. Johnsson was asked to be the Senior Chaplain and Operation

Manager of WGTS FM, the second largest Christian Radio Station in the country, located in

Washington, D.C.  Recently, Dr. Johnsson joined Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon as

Executive Director of Mission Integration.

Dr. Sung Kwon

Director, Adventist Community Services, North American Division

Sung Kwon has served as Director of the North American Division Adventist Community

Services since 2001 and is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, having

served in Ohio and Allegheny East Conferences. He studied business administration at the

University of Maryland; received a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Washington Adventist

University (formerly known as Columbia Union College); earned a Master's Degree in Public

Administration, concentrated in nonprofit management from Wright State University; received

a Milton Murray Fellowship for Harvard Business School Executive Education; received a Ph.D.

degree in Leadership at Andrews University. Currently he is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry

(DMin) Urban Ministry program at Andrews University. He also earned the designation of

Chaplain for Civil Air Patrol – US Air Force Auxiliary, Pi Lambda Theta – National Honor

Society of Educators, and Society of Certified Senior Advisor.

Kwon grew up with Buddhism, influenced by his mother and Catholic belief from his father’s

side of the family and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist in 1991.  After he became an

Adventist, he served as the Executive Director of the Good Neighbor House, an ACS agency in

Dayton, Ohio, for eight years. He was also President and Vice President of the North American

Association of Community Services Directors (NAACSD) during that time.  He was recognized in

the "40 Under 40 – Dayton's Brightest Young Business Leaders" by the Business News of

Dayton, Ohio in 2000. He had the privilege of planting the Korean congregation as a company,

serving as its interim Pastor, under the favoring influence of the Kettering Seventh-day

Adventist Church in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, he has served as Administrative Pastor for

Miracle Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Allegheny East Conference. He has served on

the Board of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), the Maryland

Association of Nonprofit Organizations, National Interfaith Coalition of Aging (NICA), and

National Mass Care Council.

Dr. Ted Mackett

General Surgeon

Ted has been a general surgeon at Adventist Medical Center for twenty years and spent more

than a decade at Loma Linda University prior.  Much respected and loved by patients and staff

alike, in 2014 he was awarded the Crystal Angel award as the outstanding physician who puts

the spiritual mission of Adventist Health into action.  

Randy Meyer

Director, Caring Hands

Randy is the Director of Caring Hands, a faith based ministry whose mission is dedicated to

helping improve the dental health of those in need while partnering with them to improve their

community.  He has recently traveled to help set up sponsored dental clinics in Zambia as well

as coordinating a large clinic in Eugene, Oregon, serving hundreds of patients with free dental,

medical and vision needs.  He is the Oregon Representative of the Northwest Chapter of ASI.  

Vincent Onkoba

Associate Director Souls Northwest

Vince became excited about sharing his faith during his senior year in academy. He graduated

from SOULS West and has since served as Literature Ministries Director of Arizona Conference,

Campus Ministries Leader for Arizona State University, SOULS-West Instructor and GLOW

Leader for the Central California Conference before coming to SOULS Northwest. Besides his

administrative responsibilities, Vince teaches classes on Biblical Doctrines, Prophetic Studies,

Apologetics, Personal Finance and others. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, and

playing the guitar.

James Rafferty

Co-Director at Light Bearers Ministry, Pastor at Cascade Adventist Church

James is Co-director of Light Bearers, Pastor of the Cascade SDA church in Bend, Oregon, and

President of the North Pacific Chapter of ASI. With a special interest in the prophecies of Daniel

and Revelation, James has spent the last 30 years preaching the gospel around the world in

revival seminars and evangelistic meetings. He has most recently authored Messiah, a powerful

sharing book that brings the love of Christ to light through the 70-week prophecy of Daniel 9.

James and his wife Risë, who is the Registered Dietician Nutritionist at AMC, have two children,

Jeiel and Kierra.

Dr. Rick Westermeyer

Anesthesiologist, Adventist Medical Center, Executive Vice President of NW Chapter of ASI

Rick is an anesthesiologist at Adventist Medical Center and Executive Vice President NW

Chapter of ASI.  He has a diploma in tropical medicine from the London School of Tropical

Medicine and has done volunteer medical work in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Haiti and New Guinea

often accompanied by his nurse wife, Ann.  They have a non-profit with friends called Africa

Orphan Care dedicated to the support of orphaned and abandoned children.  

Jason Worf

Director, Souls Northwest

Jason Worf has spent over 15 years in outreach evangelism, and since college, training

and motivating people for personal evangelism has been his passion. He has served as

Associate Director of SOULS-West, Director of Literature Ministries for Southern and

Southeastern California Conferences, and Publishing Director for Amazing Facts before

coming to the North Pacific Union Conference. Along with administrative

responsibilities, Jason teaches on topics such as Christian Education, the Gospel,

Christian Relationships, Principles of Outreach Evangelism, and others. Jason enjoys

mountain biking, photography, working with wood, and spending time with his wife,

Joelle and children, Adelyn and Maxwell.

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