Ohio Conference President
Ron Halvorsen Jr., M.Div., officially accepted the call to become Ohio Conference president in December 2013.
Halvorsen was a favorite among Presidential Search Committee members, and visited Ohio earlier in December. He and his wife spent several days checking out the Columbus and Mount Vernon areas (including the conference office), the Kettering area, and concluded their visit at the Worthington church for a “meet and greet” time with the search committee.
“It has been a long and serious prayer journey which has brought us to the point of accepting the call to the Ohio Conference,” said Halvorsen. “And that is how we will continue to travel: prayerfully. Only God can lead us as we need to be led. And only God's power can see His will done. We look forward to being a part of the Ohio church family. And we look forward to seeing what God will do for and through the Ohio church family.”
Halvorsen brings with him a diverse experience as pastor, having served as senior pastor of several Adventist college and university church congregations (most recently the College View Church in Lincoln, NE). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Union College Theology Department, had several successful (local) radio and television ministries, and is a published author for Guide Magazine
and Ministry Magazine
. No stranger to Ohio, Halvorsen has spoken at both Mount Vernon Academy and Spring Valley Academy as their week of prayer presenter several years ago.
Halvorsen has been married for 32 years to Beth “Buffy” Vercio Halvorsen, MS, LCMFT, and they have two adult children and one grandchild. Buffy, also a pastor has served as Pastor for Family Ministries at the College View, Sligo, and Keene church congregations. She specializes in marriage and family therapy, and is a regular speaker for camp meetings, church and women’s retreats.
Halvorsen officially joined the Ohio Conference family in February 2014, replacing Raj Attiken who announced his retirement in September 2013.