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Principal Reeder Ordained to the Gospel Ministry »
In recognition of his spiritual leadership and life-long dedication to God’s work, Principal Donavan Reeder was ordained by the Rocky Mountain Conference on Sabbath, February 23. Reeder has served at Campion Academy for 35 years, including 31 years as a dean in the boys’ dormitory, and four years as principal, placing him among the longest-serving employees of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Conference leaders participated in the service which included a moving tribute by Reeder’s daughter, Jessica Reeder, as well as a special song performed by Campion’s select choir, Koinonia. A life-long mentor to Reeder, Pastor Thure Martinsen was the main speaker for the event. Martinsen encouraged Reeder to continually prioritize his own personal walk with Jesus no matter how time-consuming or stressful his job may be.
RMC Ministerial Director, Mickey Mallory, led out in the ordination prayer, during which ordained ministers in attendance encircled Reeder and his wife Donna, and prayed for a special blessing on their ministry.
Reeder’s faith journey began when he was inspired by his dad, Merlin, to seek to know God as a friend, and by his mom, Arlene, to live a life of service to others.
Martinsen was Reeder’s academy teacher Salt Lake City, where, after graduation, Reeder also began his career in youth ministry. During his work there, Reeder helped to author the “Jesus” play, traveling extensively with Martinsen, performing the play throughout Utah and Colorado, as well as the Pacific Northwest while Reeder attended Walla Walla University.
Following Reeder's graduation, he was invited by Martinsen, then chaplain at Campion Academy, to help out with vespers, introducing him to the boys’ dean. This connection came to fruition several months later when Reeder began his work as a part-time teacher and assistant boys’ dean. Two years later, he moved to head dean, a position he maintained for the next 29 years. Reeder became principal of Campion Academy in 2015.
The Reeders have a daughter, Jessica, who has followed in her parents’ footsteps, teaching in Adventist education for the last six years. She paid tribute to her father during his ordination service (see photo above).
-- Jill Harlow with Donna Reeder; photos by Brittany McLachlan