By Larry Moore
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Pat Humphrey, Record editor, communication director, health ministries director, and ASI liaison, has announced that she will retire from the Southwestern Union Conference at the end of August.
Pat first joined the Southwestern Union as assistant editor of the Record in November 1999. She returned to the Southwestern Union in 2007 as associate communication director and associate editor of the Record. In 2011, she became the director and editor. In 2013, the health ministries department was added to her responsibilities.
Prior to her first tour of duty at the union, Pat worked as a freelance writer, editor, and journalist. She earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and her Master of Science degree in human development from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree.
She began her professional career as a college counselor, and then in 1988, entered the field of communication when she was invited to serve as assistant editor of Message magazine. After spending four years at the Review and Herald Publishing Association, first at Message, and later as editor of Kids’ Stuff and Cornerstone Connections, Pat launched her career as a freelance writer and editor while raising and home-schooling her children. Throughout her career, Pat has written copy for special projects for the Adventist Church; served as a columnist for Guide, Winner, Message, and Women of Spirit; published numerous articles; was a contributing writer for several children’s books; and also served as contract editor for Insight Youth Resource and Action! magazines. Just prior to her return to the Southwestern Union, she worked as an educational advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington, and also taught English as a Second Language to adults.
Pat is married to Art Humphrey, a semi-retired filmmaker and video producer, and they have two adult children, Candice and Brandon. The Humphreys will reside in Southeastern Oklahoma, where Pat will continue to do freelance writing and editing for Adventist periodicals along with pursuing her passion for health ministries.
Pat has done a tremendous job in continuing a tradition of excellence and professionalism in her roles here at the union. She has blessed many with leadership in the communication department, as well as her passion for health ministries. I know she will continue to minister for the Lord wherever she goes. Thank you, Pat, for a job well done.
While I know we are sad to see Pat leave, it also gives me great pleasure to introduce our new Record editor and communication director, Jessica Lozano, who will take on her new roles at the beginning of September. Jessica is no stranger to the Southwestern Union. She graduated from Ozark Adventist Academy and then Southwestern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. Her work includes marketing and graphic design, as well as editing and writing, for Southwestern Adventist University. She also worked at Texas Health Huguley as a PR Specialist and Spirit of Women coordinator.
Since 2012, Jessica has served as associate communication director and associate editor here at the Southwestern Union. I believe her expertise and commitment to the mission makes her an excellent choice for this important position. Please pray for her that God will give her grace and wisdom as she takes on her new assignment.
— Larry Moore is president of the Southwestern Union Conference; this article originally appeared in the August 2016 Record.