Welcome to Communication

The Communication department tells the stories of the Oregon Conference, seeking to connect our members, churches and conference leaders to each other and to our collective mission. We serve the conference office team, the local churches and the public in various ways.

How We Can Help


Training Seminars

We provide training to churches in many aspects of church media. Recently, we’ve provided audio engineer training. In the works: Video production and live streaming. Need training for your volunteers? Let us know.

Video Production

We love to tell the stories of our churches through video. We’ve been known to recap events, record interviews, and produce video packages for events. Need help with a video production? Let us know!

Live Event Production

The biggest event we produce is Gladstone Camp Meeting each summer. We make sure that all of the technical details are cared for so that attendees (in person and online) can completely focus in on the message. We’ve been known to produce and live stream other events throughout the year.

Church Consulting

Communication is hard. We can help churches and schools think through their communication strategy to improve the connection with their people. We love coming up with solutions to communication problems. Contact us!

Graphic Design and Layout

We work on projects as simple as a single poster, or as complex as branding and visual design for an entire event. The goal: to amplify the values and goals of our clients through our visual approach.

Conference News and Perspective

We capture the stories of people, churches and schools throughout our conference, publishing them on our website, in Connections or in the Gleaner. Have a story idea for us? Submit your story here.

Submit an announcement!

Our churches and schools can promote their events here on the Oregon Conference site.

Submit announcement

Submit a story!

Stories are potentially used on our website, in Connections or the Gleaner.

Submit story

We are here for you

Our Team

Contact one of our team members at (503) 850-3500

Jonathan Russell

Assistant to the President for Multimedia Communication
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  • Communications strategy
  • Crisis communication
  • Media relations
  • Church consulting
  • Video production
  • Writing

Gary McLain

Communication Director
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  • Communications strategy
  • Web development
  • Live event logistics and planning
  • Photography
  • Gear rental/loan and scheduling
  • Training seminar development and coordination

Krissy Barber

Administrative Assistant
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  • Graphic design and layout
  • Event graphics
  • Newsletter and print editing
  • Office coordination
  • Customer relations

Mitchell Kessler

Multimedia Assistant
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  • Video projects coordination
  • Graphic design
  • Video production and editing
  • Live-streaming consulting

Dick Duerksen

Story Catcher
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  • Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Photography

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resources and info for

media relations

The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists communication  department is available to answer news media questions.

When church organizations seek to tell their stories in the broader community, we help connect them to the media resources that are interested.

When church organizations find themselves at the center of media attention, we provide assistance in managing media demands and communicating the right message.

About the Oregon Conference

The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists represents over 130 churches and 32 K – 12 schools in Oregon and southwest Washington. The conference headquarters, located in Gladstone, Oregon serves its constituency by providing ministry and logistical support to pastors, teachers and over 36,000 members. The Oregon Conference is part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist Church which has a ministry presence in 217 nations and includes over 20 million members.

Media Inquiries

Jonathan Russell
Oregon Conference Spokesperson
(503) 850-3525

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