2020 Speakers

Pastor Lee Venden

Wed., Thur., Fri., at 7 p.m. and Thur. Friday and Sabbath at 11:00 a.m. 


Marji-and-Lee-Pub-small.jpgLee Venden currently works as a Revivalist Team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars as an aid to pastors and churches desiring to deepen a congregation's spirituality by assisting individual members in their personal walk with Christ.  Venden's presentations are characterized by clear, practical, suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful relationship with Jesus.

Lee has never forgotten the joy he experienced when he discovered the difference between knowing about Jesus and actually knowing Jesus.  A pastor and educator for more than 40 years, Lee has sought to know Jesus better and to help others accomplish that as well.  He has authored three books, It's All About Him, The Pleasure of His Company and The Perfect Gift.  The Venden's website may be found at www.allaboutjesusseminars.org.

At the 2020 Upper Columbia Conference camp meeting, Lee is planning to present a six-part series on Gethsemane which he developed with Buddy Houghtaling. 

You can learn more about Lee Venden at: www.allaboutJesusseminars.org. Stay posted for the possibility that Buddy Houghtaling may be able to also be with Lee Venden for this special camp meeting!


Buddy Houtaling

Wed., Thur., Fri., at 7 p.m. and Thur. Friday and Sabbath at 11:00 a.m. 

Buddy Houghtaling is a songwriter and musician disguised as a dentist. His Christ-centered songs are characterizedBuddy Houghtaling.jpg by unique perspectives and surprising twists that reach the heart. Buddy’s music will touch… no, it will grab your life. It will make you smile, bring a tear to your eye, lift your spirit, make Bible stories come to life, make you tap your toes, and make the love of Jesus more vivid. Buddy’s music is regularly featured on radio and television across the country. This summer he joins Lee Venden at UCC as the two of them present a mini-series entitled, “Lest We Forget Gethsemane.”  

He will also participate in the Sabbath afternoon concert, along with students from Upper Columbia Academy in the school's music department!


Dr. Minner Labrador 

Sabbath Evening at 7 p.m.


Dr. Minner Labrador, Jr. serves as president of the Upper Columbia Conference. Together with the Upper ColumbiaMinner IMG_5290.jpg Conference team and the guidance of the Holy Spirit he provides spiritual and administrative leadership to the pastors, teachers and membership. His mission is to empower all leaders and members, to grow the church and together prepare for the soon return of Jesus. 

He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University located in Collegedale, Tennessee; Andrews University located in Berrien Springs, Michigan; and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary located in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his doctoral studies with a specialty in redemptive leadership and healthy organizational structures. 

His wife, Evelyn, is a double major graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She serves ministerial spouses in the UCC and joins Pastor labrador in many meetings across the territory. They have been married since 1986 and have two sons, Minner and Mario, who are both professional firefighters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Labradors are proud grandparents of Lucas and Levi!