Ricardo Graham, president
With the other Union officers, the president is charged with coordinating the many-faceted mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Pacific Union territory — the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. He is the leader among the four elected officers, which include the executive secretary, the treasurer, and the vice president.
The president is ultimately responsible for the work of all departments within the Pacific Union Conference organization. The president is a member of many Union, Division, and General Conference boards and committees in a coordinating and representative role. He assists at local conference constituency meetings and helps develop conference management policies. He meets with local conference committees to further church unity and mission and is available as an advisor to conference, college, and university presidents. Graham is vice-chair of the Adventist Health board, which operates 20 hospitals and other healthcare facilities in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.
Like the other three officers, the president is responsible to the Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee and to the constituency, and indirectly to the North American Division and the General Conference. The Union officers all sit on numerous boards and committees where they give council and serve as a voice for the Pacific Union.
About Ricardo Graham
Ricardo Graham was elected president of the Pacific Union on November 15, 2007, replacing Thomas J. Mostert Jr., who retired at the end of 2007.
Graham became Executive Secretary of the Pacific Union Conference in February 2006, after serving as president of the Northern California Conference since February 2001, and as executive secretary of that conference since 1995. Before assuming administrative responsibilities, Graham was senior pastor of the Capitol City Church in Sacramento and the Market and E Street Church in Stockton, Calif. Before coming to the Northern California Conference, Graham pastored several churches in the Lake Region Conference.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakwood College, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Graham enjoys photography, reading, collecting musical recordings, racquetball and writing. He has been published in Ministry Magazine, Message Magazine, Signs of the Times (Australia) and the Adventist Review.
Ricardo's wife, Audrey Weir Graham, an educator, is an alumna of Golden Gate Academy, Pacific Union College and Andrews University. The Grahams have two adult children, Jessica and Jonathan.
Carol Lowe, administrative assistant
Carol has worked in the Union office since 2000. In addition to serving as secretary to the president, Carol assists in the Stewardship Department, the Gift Planning and Trust Services Department, and the Literature Ministry department.