Our Past

On September 26, 1944, a group of intrepid men and women gathered at the Shiloh SDA Church in Chicago and voted into existence the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
As envisioned by the group, the main mission of the new Conference was the preaching of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ within the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12, thus leading people, especially African Americans within the Lake Union Conference territory, to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The Lake Region Conference began to operate in January, 1945, with offices in Indianapolis, Indiana. For 70 years the Lake Region Conference has been engaging in mission and ministry that have brought transformation and growth to people and communities.

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The celebration of our 70th anniversary began on September 26th 2014 at the Shiloh SDA Church in Chicago, IL

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On January 24th 2015 the celebration continued in Indianapolis, IN with Capitol City SDA Church as our host.

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Next, we celebrated God’s providence at the Highland Ave SDA Church in Benton Harbor, MI on February 28th 2015 

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In the Motor City area of Detroit, MI the celebration was held at the City Temple SDA Church, on April 11th 2015.

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Our celebration concluded on June 20th 2015 at Camp Wagner with an inspirational charge from Dr. Carlton P. Byrd.

Our Present

The work of those who have gone before have yielded tremendous fruit for the Lord’s Kingdom. Today, there are more than 29,000 Adventists within the Lake Region Conference who worship in 107 churches scattered throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The Conference has eight elementary and high schools and nearly 200 employees consisting of pastors, teachers, and staff. Camp Wagner, a campground/retreat facility, is maintained in Cassopolis, MI for year round adult and youth meetings and activities.

Our Future

As important as looking back is, moving forward with renewed purpose and fervor is our aim and goal. We have recommitted ourselves to the founding ideals of our pioneers, as well as renewed our pledge to expend our energies and extend ourselves to win the lost for Christ.
Thank you for supporting the services and events that were organized to showcase the Lake Region story of challenge and triumph. More importantly, thank you for being part of the Lake Region journey. As the first Regional Conference to be organized, Lake Region paved the way for the other Regional Conferences.
The Lake Region Conference is part of the Lake Union Conference, under the direction of the Worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church which has a presence in 208 countries. Worldwide membership stands at more than 18 million. A new member is baptized and joins the community of Adventist believers every 32 seconds. The Lake Region Conference is proud to play a role in making the Worldwide Seventh-day Adventist denomination one of the fastest growing Christian churches in the world today.