• Connecting people to an abundant life with Jesus Christ and preparing them for His return

President's Office
We provide leadership, support, and resources for churches, schools, and ministries to accomplish our shared mission.

Marc Woodson

(916) 886-5603

  • Dr. Marc Woodson has served as president of the Northern California Conference since 2018. Previously, he served as 鶹 executive secretary for more than a decade.

    Woodson is an ordained minister and has served in various capacities for over 20 years as a campus chaplain, youth pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor at the Mt. Rubidoux Adventist Church in Riverside, California. Before coming to Northern California, Woodson served the Southeastern California Conference as the associate youth director, where he supervised local church youth pastors, trained youth and young adult leaders, and planned youth events.

    A native of Southern California and a product of Adventist Christian education, Woodson has an associate degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Oakwood University, a Master of Divinity from Andrews University, and a doctorate in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

    Since taking office, Woodson has developed the current 鶹 Strategic Plan, which consists of three initiatives: Engage your calling to ministry. Engage your church in planting. Engage your community with compassion.


    THE BYLAWS STATE that the President of the Northern California Conference will serve as the chairman of the Conference Session and the Executive Committee, and act as the chief executive officer.


    • Provides spiritual leadership to employees and the entire church membership throughout the Conference
    • Develops and leads initiatives to fulfill the purpose of the Conference as outlined in the Bylaws
    • Is involved in the process of recruitment, training, and assignment of Conference employees
    • Gives guidance and leadership opportunities to departmental directors of the Conference
    • Promotes communication between Conference leaders and members of the churches
    • Serves as chairman and member of various boards and committees within the Conference
    • Promotes continuity with the total work of the church by serving on boards and committees of denominational organizations and institutions
    • Works closely with the Executive Secretary and Treasurer to manage the Conference, and reports to the Conference Executive Committee and constituency
    • Counsels and collaborates with the Pacific Union Conference, North American Division, and General Conference leadership teams

Jennifer Kendrick

Executive Administrative Assistant
(916) 886-5603