Pastor Nancy Canwell
Nancy Canwell felt called to be a pastor on her baptism day at age 10. She graduated with a degree in theology from Walla Walla University, and is currently working on her Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University extension course. Along with serving the Blue Mountain Valley-Mission Church in Athena, she is also on the pastoral staff at the Milton Adventist Church.
Nancy loves to communicate through writing and has been published in various magazines, including Signs, Insight, Adventist Review, Adventist Today, El Centinela, and many online magazines. Her book, He’s Got Your Back was the 2015 junior/earliteen devotional book published by Review and Herald. She is also an active speaker for youth, women’s retreats, spiritual emphasis weekends, and camp meetings.
For fun, Nancy loves to hike and camp—especially in the Wallowa Mountains. She also enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, gardening, and pretty much anything outdoors. Her favorite Bible text since she was a young girl is Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes...."
Pastor Nancy (and her late husband, Keith) have an adult daughter named Christina.
Pastor Lloyd Perrin
Pastor Lloyd serves as senior pastor of the Milton and Blue Mountain Valley-Mission Adventist Churches. He has had the privilege of sharing the Good News about Jesus with different organizations, denominations, and educational institutions around the world through evangelistic series, one-person dramas, and weeks-of-prayer. The consistent example and prayer life of his godly parents inspired him to accept Jesus as his Savior. As a child he fell in love with the Bible because his parents read, memorized, and shared God’s Word. Lloyd is an energetic Bible presenter who is passionate about telling others of God’s matchless love for them and how Jesus perfectly reveals God’s character. His mission in life can be summed up in one sentence: “He pointed to Jesus!”
Pastor Lloyd graduated from Walla Walla University with a BA in Theology and a minor in Sociology/Psychology. He continued his education at Andrews University where he received his Master of Divinity.
Some of Pastor Lloyd’s hobbies are croquet, golfing, hiking, birding, astronomy, and doing anything with his wife and kids. Lloyd and his wife, Jana, have four children and nine grandchildren: David, their oldest son, is the Human Resource Director of Oregon Conference; Daniel is Chaplain and Bible teacher at Walla Walla Valley Academy; Andrew, who also taught Bible both on the Academy and University level, is now working in recruitment at Walla Walla University; and Larissa, a certified welder, works in Beaverton, Oregon.
About Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. Seventh-day Adventist members seek to enhance the quality of life for people everywhere by introducing them to the hope found in Jesus Christ, and His imminent return.
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promises to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything—the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us—is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.