My husband and I are both in our 60’s and are both lifelong Seventh-day Adventists.  We have been married for more than 40 years.  We both went to SDA schools — elementary through college.  We also enjoyed our childhood experiences in Pathfinders, Sabbath Schools, and summer camps.  I guess that we really never outgrew these activities, because we have devoted our lives to working in children’s ministries.

We are both credentialed teachers — both elementary and secondary. 

Between us we have each taught in SDA schools — from kindergarten through grade twelve — in three different conferences.  My husband has been an SDA school principal and has served on both academy and conference boards of education.  We also have been involved in Sabbath Schools.  In fact, between the two of us, we have led-out and/or taught in every division of Sabbath School — Cradleroll through Adult.  

We spent 40 years in Pathfinder Ministry.  Richard worked in various Pathfinder positions and eventually served for several years as an Area Coordinator in the Southern California Conference.  I served as the director of several Pathfinder clubs in different conferences.  I also served on the NAD Pathfinder Curriculum Committee, which developed the current AY Classes (1989).  We have each taught leadership courses at the local, union, and division levels. 

My husband has retired from teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and we have relocated to Vancouver, WA  (May, 2010)  After 25 years we have left the Rolling Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church where Richard was head elder, a member of our church school board.  He enjoys writing  curricula for adults and youth and then presenting it.  He recently presented a series on the History of the Christian Church, using the 7 churches, 7 seals, and 7 trumpets as the frame work.  He also presented an Adventist Heritage feature once a month in the Family Sabbath School. 

I have been retired since March, 2009 and the bulk of my time is devoted to writing curricula for Children’s Sabbath Schools and AY Clubs.  We have two grown children and five grandchildren.  Before moving, I was the Cradleroll leader, as well as the General Sabbath School Superintendent, overseeing all the divisions in our local church.  I was also the AY Adimistrative Director for our church supervising the Discovery, Adventurer, and Pathfinder clubs. 

We each have a burden for the salvation of our young people, and we are excited now to work in the new field the Lord has presented us with.  As of now, I am leading the 3 & 4 year old Sabbath School and overseeing the Discovery, Adventurer, and Pathfinder clubs.  Our current enrollment has topped 75 children. Richard has presented both the Church History seminar "Jesus Walks Among the Lampstands"(2012) and the Adventist History seminar "Our Adventist Heritage" (2013)

 

— Lyndene Wright