Elder Paul Hoover has accepted the call to serve as president for the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, according to a press release. He will serve as president following Elder Bob Folkenberg, Jr.’s move to the China Union Mission.
Hoover, vice president for administration for the Georgia Cumberland Conference, grew up in several places around the world, as his father was in the military. He was baptized into the Adventist church in 1977 in Tampa, Fla. Hoover attended Southern Adventist University, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in Theology and then from Andrews University in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree.
He has served as pastor in the Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia-Cumberland Conferences. In 1991 he accepted a call to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference and pastored the Smyrna-King Springs Church and Calhoun, GA Church. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in 2001.
He enjoys running, golf, road biking and spending time with his family. His wife Patti is a registered nurse. They have two grown sons.