First Teacher Call
On June 29, 2014, Columbia extended the teacher call to Mr. Doug Radliff, while also extending a call to Rev. Jesse Jacobsen to serve as principal for the first year. Mr. Radliff has many years of experience teaching in Christian schools, most recently at Covenant Christian Academy in The Dalles. He and his wife Lily have since joined Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River as communicant members. We are excited to announce that he has accepted the call to teach Kindergarten (5yo) through 4th grade at Columbia. Having consulted with the congregations, Jacobsen has accepted the interim call to serve as principal.
In the evening of May 11, 2014, Columbia extended the call a third time, to Mr. Tom Rosenow of Pigeon, Michigan. While we pray that God would lead him to accept the call, we also pray that God’s will be done not only for Columbia, but also for Mr. Rosenow’s school and his family.
On April 20, 2014, Columbia extended the call a second time for its first teacher and principal to Mr. Jeremiah Drews, who is currently serving as teacher and principal at a Lutheran (WELS) school in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Drews and his wife, Laura, have two children, 3 years and 9 months of age. He has served at St. Mark Lutheran School since graduating from Martin Luther College in December of 2008. With this call, Mr. Drews is holding two calls: one to St. Mark, and one to Columbia. He can be certain of God’s blessing upon his work in either place, but must decide where his gifts may be of the best service, among other considerations. Bethany members and school families, please pray for Mr. Drews and his family as he considers this call. We would be very pleased if God leads him to accept it.
On March 23, 2014, the Columbia school board extended a call to the first teacher of the school, Mr. Don Weston, living in Vero Beach, Florida. He and his wife, Noelle, have two sons. Mr. Weston has served for 11 years in various places in the extended network of schools and churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Since receiving this divine call, he must decide prayerfully whether to continue serving the church in Vero Beach or come to The Dalles and serve as our first teacher and principal.
Mr. Weston decided to continue serving in Florida, returning the call to Columbia Lutheran School. While this is a disappointment, it’s not unusual for a call to be extended more than once, as we pray that God would use the calling process to provide the right person for our vacancy.