Prayer Ministries

Prayer Ministries

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. 1 John 5:14

Prayer Retreat 2020


Click here to watch a video of Pastor Randy Maxwell talking about the upcoming virtual prayer retreat.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented prayer, and the time for such prayer is now. Nothing can prevent prayers of God’s people! Grateful hearts go out to the Prayer Ministries of the Washington Conference and the Renton SDA church for hosting this prayer retreat. Join Pastor Randy Maxwell and the Northern California Conference Prayer Team in this urgent appeal for God to “Bring Back The Glory”.


Featuring guest speaker, author, and Renton SDA Church pastor


August 28, 2020
6:45 pm
Friday Evening - "Unprecedented"

August 29, 2020
9:15 a.m.
Sabbath Presentation

10:50 a.m.
Sabbath Main Service - "Get Used to Different"

2:45 p.m.
Prayer Forum

3:45 p.m.
Presentation - "Bring Back the Glory"

7:00 p.m.
Presentation - "Crossing Jordan"

During the event, text your prayer requests to (425) 523-5598.

Prayer Slots

Join in a prayer slot by calling 1-916-637-8111, Code: 669648#

Friday evening
8:30-9:00 p.m.

Sabbath Morning
8:15-9:00 a.m.

Sabbath Afternoon
2:00-2:45 p.m.

Sabbath evening
6:15-7:00 p.m.

Saturday evening
8:30-9:00 p.m.


Meet the New NCC Prayer Ministries Coordinators 

In November, Esmé and Robert Ross began serving as the volunteer prayer ministries coordinators for the Northern California Conference. In addition to their new responsibilities, she works as the online Bible school instructor for Amazing Facts, and he currently serves as the interim pastor of the Rancho Cordova/Sacramento Southgate churches.

The Rosses have taken the position held for 20 years by Naomi Parson, who recently moved to Washington State with her husband, Bill. For a number of years, the Rosses served on Parson’s prayer advisory committee. “Naomi has done truly amazing work,” said Esmé Ross. “Naomi and Bill’s spirit of service will continually inspire us as the work they began will move forward with the spirit of God.”

As they begin their new role, the couple plans to connect personally with NCC congregations and schools. “We’ll be reaching out to every prayer coordinator in each church, working with them specifically,” said Esmé Ross. “We also want to connect with our educators in our schools.”

“Our desire is to support and promote prayer for the churches, pastors, educators, and conference as a unified factor for God’s people in these last days,” said Robert Ross.

Both husband and wife are fourth-generation South Africans. He was raised in the Adventist church, while she grew up in a Christian home and became an Adventist through his influence. Six years after their marriage, he enrolled at Helderberg College to study theology.

They served for 18 years in South Africa before being called to the Iowa-Missouri Conference, where he pastored churches, and she worked as a hospital chaplain and as a grief and bereavement chaplain. Together they served as the conference’s directors of family life ministries.

In 2005, the NCC called them to the Colfax/Meadow Vista district, and they later served the Alturas/Bieber Company/Fall River Mills/Round Mountain/Surprise Valley district. In 2014, the Chesapeake Conference called them to the Tridelphia church in Maryland. Robert Ross officially retired in August 2018, and they returned to Northern California.

The Rosses have two children: Chantal Klingbeil, who serves as associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate, and Jëan Ross, associate pastor of the Granite Bay church and vice president of evangelism for Amazing Facts. They have six grandchildren.

In what little spare time the Rosses have, he enjoys painting and wood carving, while she enjoys reading and being in nature.

“We are confident that the Lord is leading Esmé and Robert as they take on their new roles as prayer ministries coordinators,” said NCC President Marc Woodson. “We pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as they lead in this most important work.”




Call to Prayer

The NCC Prayer Team has a “Call to Prayer” session every Thursday morning via phone. Starting at 7:00 a.m., the line is open for an hour. This opportunity is available to anyone who would like to pray with other prayer friends. You are welcome to present prayer requests. Just call (916) 637-8111 and enter the access code: 669648#.

If you want to share either a prayer request or a praise to God, please type it in the box. Your request will then be e-mailed to us and shared with our prayer committee. Be assured we frequently check our e-mail and will petition God on your behalf.

History of Northern California Prayer Retreats

March 18-19, 2002
Ruthie Jacobsen and Randy Maxwell
Music - Keith Cordis
Children - Peggy Jackson

March 21-23, 2003
Ron Clouzet
Music - Changed Hearts
Children - Peggy Jackson

March 19-21, 2004
Philip Samaan
Music - Duane Greeley and Praise Team with Jodi Dilger, piano
Children - Wanda Silva

March 18-20, 2005
Guillermo Garcia
Music - Greg Baron
Children - Wanda Silva

March 10-12, 2006
Tony Moore - “Footprints of Jesus”
Music - Duane Greeley and Praise Team with Jodi Dilger, piano
Youth - Gary Burns
Children - Tanya LaPorte

March 16-18, 2007
Ron Halvorsen, Sr.
Music - Rochelle Holman with Arlene Overbeck, piano
Youth - Mary Jo Lauderdale
Children - Wanda Silva

March 28-30, 2008
Alvin VanderGriend
Music - Don Gryte with Joanne Cochrane, piano
Youth - Mary Jo Lauderdale – Youth
Children -  Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 20-22, 2009
Jerry and Janet Page
Music - Mike Naluai and Marilyn Ledbetter with Barbara Babcock, piano
Youth - Mary Jo Lauderdale
Children - Wanda Silva and Sarita Parham

March 19-21, 2010
Derek Morris
Music - Randy and Karen Brehms and Team
Youth - Mary Jo Lauderdale
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 4-6, 2011
Lee Venden
Music - Randy and Jewel Speyer with Joanne Cochrane, piano
Youth - Henry Johnson
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 16-18, 2012
Paul Goia
Music - Jolyne Simler with Jodi Dilger, piano
Youth - Dan Garza – Youth
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 15-17, 2013
Ricardo and Audrey Graham
Music - Zach Reiber with Mike Peterson, piano
Youth - Dan Garza, Steven Binus, Liz Shires
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 14-16, 2014
S. Joseph Kidder
Music - Jim and Judy Crabtree, Mark and Merilee Dalton
Youth - Dan Garza and Melissa Ish
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 13-15, 2015
David Levy, Neurovascular Surgeon
Music - Lindsey Painter, Lily Chaffee,  Brynn Stirling with Merilyn Chaffee, piano, and Makayla Chaffee, keyboard
Youth - Maricia Ditgen
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 11-13, 2016
Elizabeth Talbot
Music - Jim and Judy Crabtree, Mark and Marilee Dalton
Youth - Maricia Ditgen
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 10-12, 2017
Debleaire Snell
Music - Michael and Kristine Butler, Roderick and Tanya Hall
Youth - Maricia Ditgen
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 9-11, 2018
Rick and Cindy Mercer
Music - Greg Baron with Joanne Cochrane, piano
Youth -  Maricia Ditgen
Children - Tami Holland and Sarita Parham

March 8-10, 2019
Ron and Buffy Halvorsen
Music & Testimony - Ken Blundell
Young Adults - Caleb Henry/Dan Garza
Youth - Maricia Ditgen
Children - Tami Holland & Abel and Regina Lambert