Farewell to Pastor Alex Portillo

Pastoral Changes - Web PortilloJuly 31 was Pastor Alex Portillo’s last day with the Man-Sask Conference. He recently accepted a call to the Oregon Conference and they are sponsoring him to attend the seminary, accompanied by his future bride Chelsea Lamming, at Andrews University this fall.

“Pastor Alex will certainly be missed!” states President Ripley. “His creativity and passion for people to know Jesus will continue to bless many others in his new field of service.  We will pray for him and Chelsea as they attend seminary.”

When asked to reflect on his time here, Pastor Alex said, “I would describe my time and Man-Sask as challenging. But the challenge has been humbling and life changing; I have seen grace through it all.”

Originally hired as a church planter and initially spending time as an Associate Pastor at West Park Church, Pastor Alex later took over as Senior Pastor of Lighthouse of Hope Church in Winnipeg. He brought greater organization and deeper worship during his time there. He was a vital support to the youth and young adult ministry for both the city of Winnipeg and our conference as a whole. He ministered to Red River Valley Junior Academy students as their chaplain. He chaired the Youth Advisory board in Winnipeg and was indispensable in organizing Winnipeg Youth Rallies. His dedicated work at Camp Meeting for the Young Adult services  and Potter’s Place brought deeper worship and revival to those who attended.

Sandra Wall, Youth Director reflected on Pastor Alex’s impact.

“Pastor Alex and I first met at CUC (Now Burman) and worked there together in the PAA Dorm as Resident’s Assistants. I saw then his passion for ministry and when I heard he was coming to Man-Sask, I was excited!  Over the time of his ministry here I have so greatly appreciated his dedication to youth ministry, support, and friendship. I value his passion for worship, excitement for youth and young adult ministry and enjoyed many visits with him not only as a colleague but a friend.  I will miss you Alex! God bless on your new adventures!”

Pastoral Changes - Web Portillo 2Pastor Alex will marry his bride-to-be, Chelsea Lamming on August 7 and they will begin their married life in Andrews University. While we are sad to see Pastor Alex go, we wish him nothing but the greatest success in God’s work and thank him for his faithful service.

Here are his own words of farewell:

“God is doing something new, therefore, give until there’s nothing else. Give your all until it all runs out. Give and have no regrets. Give until there’s nothing left. We are pioneers shaping the future of the church for our kids. Give your time, energy, and creativity; give your best.

Mena’s Off to Andrews

Pastoral Changes - Web MenaPastor Ricardo Mena (Dauphin, Erickson, Winnipegosis churches) and his family are off to Andrews University where he will be getting his Masters in Divinity over the next couple years. We are pleased to invest in his ministry and look forward to enjoying the fruits of empowered ministry on his return. Please pray for safe travels and that his family will be able to navigate this new adventure with God’s help!

Welcoming Two New Pastors

The Manitoba-Saskatchewan Board of Directors in pleased to announce that two pastors have accepted their invitations to join the Man-Sask pastoral team.

Pastor Michael & Evelyn Collins

Pastor Michael & Evelyn Collins

Pastor Michael Collins will be the new Senior Pastor of the Pinehouse Drive Seventh-day Adventist Church in Saskatoon, SK. Recently he was the General VP for the Middle East & North Africa Union in Beirut, Lebanon.

“Pastor Collins comes to us with great pastoral experience, serving 14 years in local congregations,” says President David Ripley.  “He also brings a strong understanding of multicultural settings since he served 11 years in administration in Africa and the Middle East.  His last position served 20 countries.  We thank the Lord for this addition to our pastoral team.”

Pastoral Changes - Web KimPastor Joel Kim will be pastoring in Winnipeg at both the Lighthouse of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Winnipeg Korean Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has pastored for 16 years at both the SDA Language Institute and various International Churches, specializing in discipleship training, project and human resource management.

President Ripley commented that “Pastor Kim will serve an English and a Korean congregation as a district.  His last pastoral position was senior pastor for the Ilsan English church near Seoul, Korea.  His passion for discipleship and mission will serve these churches well.”

Kim Family (L-R) Jin, Soo Hee, Noah, Pastor Douglas

Kim Family (L-R) Chloe, Anna, Noah, Pastor Joel

Both these new pastors anticipate starting their ministry in September. Your prayers for their ministry and God’s leading over their transition are greatly appreciated.