Meet the Communication Department
Dick Duerksen is an Itinerant Pollinator of Grace. During 45 years as a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, pastor, and administrator he has carried the Good News of Grace around the world, using narrative-style presentations that bring hope to your heart. His sermons focus on stories, permeated with Divine Velcro, to help the Gospel "catch" the hearts of those who hear.
In Dick's role as Story Teller, he will be telling the stories of Grace-driven Adventism in our conference.
Dick's wife Brenda is a Registered Nurse and alto musician. Their three children, Jeremy, Julene, and Joy, are married and living in Colorado, New Zealand, and California. Their two grandchildren, Griffyn and Gwendolyn, live "too far away" in New Zealand.
Dick is also a Professional Photographer whose photos help bring calm, peace, and healing into many hospitals and clinical offices.
He enjoys time with his family, photography and outdoor adventures.
Krissy Barber grew up on a small farm in Illinois before moving to Colorado and then on to Nebraska where she attended Union College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, communication, and art.
Krissy began her tenure in the Oregon Conference as an intern in the Communication department and then moved into a permanent position. Her responsibilities include layout and design for the conference’s monthly newsletter – the eCommunique, the quarterly Communique, prioritization of Gleaner, and creation of each year's camp meeting materials.
Krissy, and her husband, Jeremy are the “parents” of two furry cats. She enjoys hiking, travel, gardening, and various creative pursuits.