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.

Colby Johnson

Colby Johnson was born and raised Fallon, Nevada. Although he grew up in the Adventist faith, he ended up walking away in his late teenage years. During those years, he struggled through many battles that our young adults are facing today. In his early 20’s he was drawn back to Christianity and longed for a deeper walk with Christ. In August of 2014 He attended ARISE Institute, a 13-week evangelism and discipleship training program operated by Light Bearers Ministry. His journey did not end there. After completing the ARISE program he was asked to return in January of 2015 to be an intern for Light Bearers, working with a new church plant and doing community outreach. He has recently moved back to his hometown and is passionate about sharing the beauty of God’s character to others. He is currently attending school hoping to eventually go into the nursing field and is actively holding meetings and teaching classes at his local church. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, reading, and the outdoors.

Owen and Rhonda Bandi