Seeking to assist youth in discovering who Jesus is...
Les Zollbrecht
Director, Youth Ministries
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Jesus came to offer people an "abundant life." John 10:10

The Youth Ministries department seeks to assist young people in discovering who Jesus is and why serving him is the best choice. Through a variety of activities you can be involved in building your relationship with Jesus, learning more about what it means to follow Him, and sharing His love with others.

Youth at Camp meeting 2021

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The Pathfinder program is a Christian organization for young people grades 5 – 12. Today, there are more than two million Pathfinders worldwide. Youth learn to share and care about others as they become involved in community service projects and go on short-term mission trips.

At a Pathfinder Club meeting, young people learn skills that help them to become leaders within their communities, schools and churches. Skills in household arts, crafts and hobbies, health science, nature, outreach, recreation and vocation are taught. There are many different areas, in which a youth has opportunity to serve, such as: dental, medical, optical, building projects, cleaning up a community or helping with Vacation Bible Schools.

Though Pathfinders is an organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one need not be a church member to become a Pathfinder. Youth can feel proud of belonging to a group that encourages and helps them to be the most caring people they can possibly become.

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pathfinder resources


You can view Pathfinder events on the Oregon Conference calendar. Use the filter option and choose "Pathfinders."

Oregon pathfinder handbook

View updated sections of the Oregon Pathfinder Handbook below in PDF format. In the lower left corner of each page you will find the revision date. Compare it to your handbook to verify you have the most up-to-date file.

teen leadership training ministry

Teen Pathfinders TLT logo

A four-year course designed to include all aspects of Pathfinder club management, programming, operations, and encourage teens to explore and develop their talents in leadership, planning and social skills. Visit the TLT website

The program gives the TLT an opportunity to experience Pathfinder leadership under adult supervision. There are six major areas the program concentrates on for training. These include: Administrative, Finance/Clerical, Camping/ Activities, Outreach, Counseling and AY Classwork Levels/Honors. Within each of these operations are several service areas that must be completed. Some clubs, due to size or location, will not require completion of all items under each section.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be in grades 9 – 12
  • Applicants must have an attendance record of at least 80% for the previous year
  • Applicants must have completed an AY Class Level during the previous year

Mission Statement

The Teen Leadership Training (TLT) program is designed to address adolescent developmental needs and promote leadership skills, enabling and empowering teens to become full partners in the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pathfinder adult leadership in a “shared service experience” of the Pathfinder ministry in the North American Division.


“Loving the Lord Jesus Christ, I promise to take an active part in the work of the Teen Leadership Training program, doing what I can to help others and to finish the work of the gospel in all the world.”

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Our Team

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Les Zollbrecht


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Randy Hill

Associate Director

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