Presenters

Dr. Terry Johnsson

 

Dr. Terry Lyndon Johnsson is a native of Portland, Oregon. He has a unique story that has inspired thousands over the years. He was the first African American from the state of Oregon to serve as U.S. Air Force Presidential Honor Guard at the White House for three U.S. Presidents. His story is nothing short of a miracle, considering 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 has earn two undergraduate degrees, a Masters degree, and a Doctorate at the prestigious Wesley Theological Seminary of Washington DC.

Currently, Dr. Johnsson has joined Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon as Vice President of Mission Integration for the Pacific Northwest Region, which includes Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Recently, he has also founded a non-profit high school mentoring program called Student Healthcare Leaders. His goal is to give high school students exposure to the healthcare world. 

In February of 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from his home city of Portland, Oregon.

 

Dr. John Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Dave Thomas

 

David Thomas is Professor of Practical Theology & Apologetics. He has been a member of the faculty at WWU since the summer of 2001. Prior to joining the faculty, Thomas spent some 24 years in pastoral work in New England, and in Washington. His pastoral experience ranges from multiple church districts to large, multi-staff churches. 

Thomas was born on the continent of Africa of British missionary parentage. He emigrated to the United States to attend college. He is a graduate of Atlantic Union College (BA 1975) and Andrews University (MDiv 1978). He received his doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University in 1999. 

In 1975, Thomas married Loralee Minty, an Elementary Education major from Massachusetts who currently teaches at Rogers Adventist School. They have two adult sons, Matthew and Jonathan. One works as a structural engineer, the other as an auditor.

 

Ms Carol Turk

 

 

 

 

Carol Hurley Turk is a board-certified staff chaplain at Denver Health Medical Center. Prior to her work as a chaplain she was a Licensed Professional Counselor in community mental health serving adjudicated youth and their families, and specialized in grief, loss and abandonment issues.  As part of the community mental health agency’s emergency response team she provided crisis support to evacuees at the Red Cross shelter during fires, was part of the team that provided crisis/grief support to students, staff and families at Columbine High School after the school shooting and provided grief support to youth in juvenile detention after critical incidents.

Carol was commissioned to the Gospel Ministry in 2015. She previously served as a youth pastor, and currently as a chaplain for over 8 years.

Carol is married to Dan Turk.  They live in Colorado and enjoy several outdoor activities including running, hiking and camping and photography.  Carol plays the harp, has completed 8 triathlons, enjoys pottery, painting, quilting and studying scripture.

 

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