Speakers for Summer 2018

Dr. Greg King

Greg King joined the School of Religion in 2004 and became dean in 2007. Before coming to Southern, he served for 17 years as a faculty member and six years as chairman of the Religion Department at Pacific Union College, where he was chosen as Educator of the Year for the 1996-97 school year. Prior to teaching, he did pastoral work in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa.

His wife, Mary, is also involved in Adventist higher education, teaching clinical labs in mental health for the School of Nursing at Southern. They have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua. Greg’s hobbies include basketball and softball, and he has his general class amateur radio license.

Greg has spoken for professional meetings and church groups in a variety of locations, both in the United States and abroad, including New Zealand, Brazil, Austria, and Israel.

Brian Bilbrey

Currently, Senior Pastor of Riverview and Truckee Seventh-day Adventist church at Nevada-Utah Conference of SDA. He is also Pastor of Porterville & Lindsay Churches at Central California Conference of SDA. Former Pastoring in Vermont at Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Brian earned a Masters of Theological Studies at La Sierra University, and studied at Weimar College.

Carissa McSherry

Born and raised in Northern California, Carissa McSherry has spent the past 5+ years traveling as an evangelism speaker and teacher for Amazing Facts. She is currently enrolled as a chaplaincy student at Loma Linda University. Carissa is deeply passionate about ministry, particularly overseas, and will (almost) never turn down a great adventure!

Larry Siemens

Larry Siemens returns to Tahoe Camp Meeting and will offer his popular nature hikes to areas around the Tahoe Basin. He is also planning one late evening of star watching in the meadow behind the camp meeting. Larry is the Chair of the Science Department as well as a chemistry professor at Simpson University in Redding, CA.

Owen and Rhonda Bandy

Owen Bandy has recently retired from 30 years in the ministry and now lives in Northern California with his lovely wife Rhonda. He attended Pacific Union College as well as Andrews University. While he began his ministry with the Nevada Utah Conference he has also pastored churches in Upper Columbia and Norther California Conferences. Over the years he has spoken in several campmeetings across the USA.

Lynn Hoag

As a child in India, my Dad helped me start my first garden. We saw so much poverty that growing food became very important. In fact, all I ever wanted to do was feed the starving world! To me, growing a garden is a necessity—not a hobby. It is something I must do.

What do I do with all the knowledge I have learned over the last many years? For eight years, I have been teaching a garden class with six rows demonstrating six different methods of gardening. For the backyard garden workshops, I have combined the BEST of those six rows.

Our soil is so depleted that we do not get the nutrition our bodies need from the foods we eat. I have learned to balance the soil and grow high brix (high nutrition) produce creating “healing” foods.

The interest in growing high nutrition foods in our own back yards is overwhelming. People are excited to learn how and are amazed at the results.