Conrad serves ABM in Pastor and Partnership Development. As the Arctic Barnabas Representative out of Spokane, WA, he contacts and travels to meet with individuals, mission groups, and churches to raise awareness and support for ABM. Phone calls, e-mails, and trips back to Alaska, particularly for Ministry Family Retreats, keep him and MarJean connected to the staff and remote ministry families. His years of pastoral experience in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska prepared him to love, understand, and encourage ministers in various social and economic backgrounds, as well as to represent this mission of encouragement to others.
A pastor’s kid, born in St. Louis, MO, Conrad grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, attended Corbin College and Moody Bible Institute. When his parents left for Vietnam as missionaries, he moved to Fresno, CA and graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 1969. He married MarJean Quiring that year and they moved to Portland, OR where Conrad received his Masters of Divinity from Western Baptist Seminary in 1973.
MarJean’s years as a teacher, pastor’s wife, writer, and illustrator prepared her for the role of writer and editor for ABM. She produces various ABM publications and each month produces Courage for Bush Ministry Women. She identifies with these women who serve in remote Alaskan villages because she grew up in northern Saskatchewan with several years of no electricity, telephones, or indoor plumbing. At age 12, her family moved to Dallas, OR. She earned her BA degree in art and literature from Fresno Pacific University and taught high school near Gresham, OR during Conrad’s years in seminary.
Jonathan, their oldest, is the executive director of Arctic Barnabas. He and Becky have Abigail, Seth, and Allison. Jami and his wife, Kristy live near Palmer with their children, Anna, Levi, Sarah, and Josiah. Charissa and her husband, Bryan Phillips, live in Spokane and have Ben, Joel, Seona, David, Danielle, Sophia, Alana, and Arielle. Joel and his wife Amy, also in Spokane, have Elizabeth and Jeriah.
“Our heart’s desire is to provide a ministry home near Spokane where we can continue to encourage and strengthen God’s servants. We pray God will make us “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, because we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).