Lake Region Conference is shocked and saddened by the barbaric actions of the school shooter in Uvalde, Texas. The deadly attack took place on Tuesday morning, May 24, 2022. It is unsettling to our church family what gun violence, and the murder of innocent children and teachers can do to a community and its people.

An 18 year old gunman opened fire at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two adults. He used a single AR-15 and a pair of 23-round magazines. In one classroom – all of the killings occurred.

Let us remember the city Uvalde in prayer. We are living in a unique time in history, the time of the end, and we have been given a unique call to spread the Three Angels Messages to a sin sick world in the midst of war and gun violence. 

Lake Region Conference will stand together as one with Uvalde during their time of grief, pain, and sorrow. Let us be intentional about prayer to hasten the Second Coming of Christ!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Uvalde, the nation, our communities and the families of those killed in this unspeakable act of school violence.



Dear Lake Region Family,

On Sunday, September 19, 2021 – The Lake Region Conference Executive Committee (EXCOM) and the remaining members of the previous 2018 Nominating Committee voted me to serve as president for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term. It is my distinct privilege to serve the constituents of Lake Region Conference.  We will lead with spirituality, sensitivity, and inclusivity. It is also an honor to follow Dr. R. Clifford Jones who accepted a call on June 30, 2021 to serve as Dean of the School of Theology, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL.

I am the son of the late Pastor Henry Gabriel. My father’s dynamic ministry has enhanced my life throughout my ministry. I have served in ministry in Lake Region Conference for 30 years. I have been married to the former Rosita Valentine, of Kansas City, Missouri, for nearly 43 years. We have been blessed to parent four gifted and talented children who all desire to serve the Lord. Our children have added to our family bringing us, two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law. Through them we are the proud grandparents of four beautiful grandsons. My hobbies include reading inspirational books, playing a variety of musical instruments, song writing, vocal arrangements, and music production.

Before serving as President for Lake Region Conference, I was voted Executive Secretary in 2018. Prior to serving in conference leadership, I served as pastor of Conant Gardens, Community Fellowship, and Highland Park Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the Motor City area in Michigan for the past 25 years. In addition to pastoral ministry and leadership, I ministered in singing groups, The Garth Gabriel Singers and Heritage Singers. I also served as a co-host for on “Keep on Singing” on the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) Television.

Thank you for the confidence you have given me to serve as your President. I am asking our Conference Workers and Constituents to make Evangelism a Priority in 2022. Below is the tentative schedule for upcoming evangelist series:

Motor City Evangelism (2) weeks: April 10 -23, 2022

Chicagoland Evangelism (2) weeks: June 5 – 18

South Bend Evangelism (2) weeks: July 24 – August 6

Milwaukee Evangelism (2) weeks: Sep. 4 -17

Minneapolis Evangelism (2) weeks: Oct 23 – November 5

Indianapolis Evangelism (2) weeks: December 4 – 17


We encourage inclusivity during our upcoming evangelism projects whatever your talents or gifts may be. Please partner with us in our efforts to win souls for the Kingdom of God, whether you are a pastor, teacher, administrative assistant, church member, or young person, we are all a part of a united family in this mission of soul winning! I ask you to join our conference administration and me, as we pray for one another and the success of these initiatives.

Please be assured that my family and I are committed to faithfully keep the constituents of our Conference lifted-up in prayer as we all “Stand Together as One”, Lake Region Strong!               – The Gabriel Family.

In Faithful Service, Garth Gabriel, President

Office of The President

Lake Region Conference


LRC Appoints New Office Positions and Pastoral Assignments

On Sunday, February 22, 2022, the Lake Region Conference Executive Committee voted to appoint the following conference office positions and pastoral assignments.

Conference Office positions:

Pastor Earl Baldwin, Associate Youth Director

Pastor Ariel Padron, Associate Youth Director

Pastor Christopher Clark Sr., Assistant Prison Ministry Director

Dr. Philip Willis, Mens Ministry Director

Pastoral Assignments:

Pastor Danis Corcho to Dowagiac SDA Church (Dowagiac MI)

Pastor Denry White from Battle Creek Berean & Kalamazoo Trinity Temple SDA Churches to Highland Avenue SDA Church (Benton Harbor, MI)

Pastor Victor Wilson from Minneapolis Glendale SDA Church to Battle Creek Berean & Kalamazoo Trinity Temple SDA Churches (Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI)

Pastor Steven Welch to Champaign Park & Peoria Mt. Sinai (Champaign Park & Peoria, IL)
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Nikolai Greaves, pastor of Champaign Park Ave, Decatur Lebanon & Peoria Mt. Sinai churches in southern Illinois, was invited to conduct a week of prayer at his alma mater, Andrews Academy. The theme for this week of prayer, was from August 30 through September 3, was “We are Anchored in Faith.” At the end of this spiritual encounter, the Holy Spirit touched young people’s hearts and minds, and 18 people made their decision for baptism. To God be the glory. Edward Cervantes, an Andrews Academy student was baptized on Sabbath, September 4, at the Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The additional 17 are scheduled to be baptized over the next two months.



The Lake Region Administrative Committee has made the decision to close our conference offices as of March 18th 2020 in order to maintain the health and wellness of our employees. We have also closed all our schools and are looking at alternatives for Distant Learning. Below are a list of all the upcoming events: