Carmelo Mercado, vice president for multicultural ministries, delivers his report at the Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Photo by Katie Fellows

November 17, 2022

Lake Union Reports Positive Third Quarter Numbers

The Lake Union Executive Committee met Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, to share reports from around the union.

Information pulled from the Adventist church management platform, eAdventist shows: 

  • 88,796 members, compared to 88,680 in 2021 and 88,505 in 2020 
  • 501 churches and 59 companies 
  • New groups, specifically ethnic congregations, are driving the growth. 
  • Gains of 893 baptisms, 321 profession of faith and 572 transfers into the union. 

Losses in 2020 were 619, which is not very different from 2019. A pause was made to thank God that the deaths weren’t higher, as was the case in some other unions. 

Treasurer reports that year-to-date tithe is up 0.23%. This is very good considering the 12% tithe increase last year. 

Other items of note:  

  • GC Session is in Indianapolis in 2030
  • Dental clinics run by Randy Griffin coming back in 2023. Still working on details but thought is one for each conference.
  • Ron Whitehead will add Children's ministry to his Youth and Young Adult portfolio.
  • Michigan Conference Women's ministry director Jane Harris elected to also serve as Lake Union's Women's ministry director.


Watch for more details in a later newsletter.

Debbie Michel is the Lake Union Conference director and Lake Union Herald editor.