Simpson University Staff Participates in Conference for Camp Fire Pastors

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University Wellness Center Director Bev Klaiber spoke recently to Paradise and Chico-area pastors and their wives at a special event designed to offer care for them after last year’s devastating Camp Fire.

Paradise Alliance Church sponsored the All Community-Church Grief and Trauma Training Conference and Pastor’s Retreat in late June. Chico Alliance Church hosted the conference; the retreat was held at Butte Creek Country Club.

“These are folks who have been frontline helpers,” Klaiber said. “Some lost their homes, some still live with other families, and some are still hosting other families after all these months. Their marriage and families have been affected by the huge toll the Camp Fire has taken on their community.”

Klaiber, a licensed marriage and family therapist, was asked by Dr. Cathy Sigmund of Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh, Penn., to speak to the group. She was one of three speakers at the retreat.

“It was a beautiful setting for a day away for these couples to learn how to take better care of themselves, their marriages, and their children after the devastating tragedy of the Camp Fire,” Klaiber said. “It was very well received, and all who attended were grateful for the support, tools and resources.”

Students from Crown College in Minnesota volunteered as support staff and child care providers. Simpson University and Crown College are both colleges of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

In response to 2018’s deadly Camp Fire and Carr Fire, which destroyed thousands of homes and acres in Northern California, Simpson University is offering a Carr and Camp Fire Scholarship for young people impacted by either blaze.

Top: Photo courtesy Bev Klaiber / Front row, from left: Dr. Cathy Sigmund; Gail Warner, M.S.N., M.Div., CRNP; Paradise Alliance Church Director of Disaster Relief Steve Bolin and his wife, Hope. Back row, from left: Simpson University Wellness Center Director Bev Klaiber and students from Crown College in Minnesota.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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