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Sunset Presbyterian names Dr. Jay Barber interim pastor

Also: BCC offers summer camps

Sunset Presbyterian Church, a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, is pleased to announce that

Dr. Jay Barber Jr. has joined the staff of Sunset Presbyterian Church as interim pastor. With extensive experience in organization management, Barber, president emeritus of Warner Pacific College, brings a history of working with churches and large not-for-profits.

Prior to beginning his tenure at Warner Pacific College, Barber served as senior pastor of the Red Bluff, Calif., First Church of God for 16 years. During those years Barber also served two terms as the mayor of Red Bluff.

Active in the community, Barber served as a director and as chairman of the board of directors of Mercy Corps, a relief and disaster organization based in Portland. In addition he served as chairman of the Responder Life Board of Directors, a Portland based not-for-profit serving the needs of first responders and their families.

Barber also serves as pastor at large at New Hope Community Church in Clackamas and is a senior fellow with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver. Recently, Barber was elected to a four-year term on the Seaside City Council where he and his wife Jan currently reside.

Barber currently provides consultation services to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the Northwest, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising strategies, board development, staff recruitment and coaching with new and emerging leaders. Recently, he completed an assessment of a private religious college in Beirut, Lebanon, to assist in determining growth potential in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.

Barber earned his baccalaureate degree from the Warner Pacific College and later served on the board of trustees. Barber received his master's degree from the University of San Francisco and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Anderson University.

Sunset Presbyterian Church's average attendance to Sunday worship services is 1,700.

For more information on Sunset Presbyterian Church, call 503-292-9293 or visit sunsetpres.org.

Beaverton Christian offers summer camps

Beaverton Christian Church's student ministries is now taking registration for its summer camps for high school and middle school students that offer a positive environment, outdoor fun and activities, and spiritual growth.

'Our major goal is to give students quality opportunities to connect with God and each other. It's not just a Sunday thing, but a well-rounded program that builds the foundations of the Christian faith into the hearts and lives of young people,' said Nathan Gelsinger, student ministry pastor.

A one-week overnight summer camp for middle school students will be held at Camp Tilikum's High Adventure Camp in Newberg from July 18-22. Camp activities include a 29-element challenge course, hiking, biking, Bible studies, rock climbing, night games, swimming, boating and an off-site adventure day. The students will take part in challenging high and low rope course elements all facilitated by trained adults.

The cost is $260 per student, which includes transportation, meals, lodging and a T-shirt. The deadline for registration is Sunday. A $60 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot with full payment by July 3.

A one-week mission's trip to Gleneden Beach is being offered Aug. 7-13 for high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

'The high school students will spend a week serving a community on the Oregon coast as they partner with a local church to spread Christ's love through hard work and meeting people's needs,' said Pastor Gelsinger.

'There will also be outreach events where the students will share the gospel and their testimonies,' he noted. Other activities will include personal and group Bible studies, worshipping through music, swimming and bonfires.

The cost is $210 per student which includes transportation, meals, lodging and a T-shirt. The deadline for registration is June 12. A $60 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot with full payment by July 3.

There are student fund-raising options and possible financial assistance available for both camps. For more information, contact the church office at 503-646-2151 or visit bcc.org.