March 11, 2019

Record Number of Teams Advance to Union Pathfinder Bible Experience

The largest number of teams in the history of the Lake Union Pathfinder Bible Experience has advanced to the union level. With 34 teams participating this...

The largest number of teams in the history of the Lake Union Pathfinder Bible Experience has advanced to the union level. With 34 teams participating this year compared to 22 teams last year, the Lake Union has experienced a 35% growth.  


According to the Union PBE Coordinator Craig Harris, “Parents want kids to have the Bible experience. Many who were Adventurers, grew up watching the Pathfinders participate and now it is their turn.”


The challenge for Pathfinders to memorize specific books of the Bible has been around for years. This program has gone through different name changes from Bible Bowl, to Bible Achievement, and for the past 10 years, Pathfinder Bible Experience. Despite the program not being mandatory, youth have been inspired to join.


During this week’s executive committee meeting, lay pastor Ray Cook commended the Union Youth Director Ron Whitehead, along with the conferences’ youth directors and local youth leaders for the work they are doing with the Pathfinders. He said, “We as adults could learn something from these young people.”


Jason C. North, Lake Region Conference Youth & Young Adult ministries director shared, “I’m amazed at how dedicated these young people are to memorize the Bible. Many have said it has already helped them turn their grades around. They are realizing that learning the Bible is both spiritual and practical.”


Below is the list of Pathfinder clubs and their respective churches advancing to the Union level:


Illinois Conference:

Angeles Guardianes de Palatine, Palentine
Cahokians, Fairmont City
Maranatha, Fox Valley
Challengers “Chosen,” Hinsdale Fil-Am
Challengers “Eye of the Needle,” Hinsdale Fil-Am
Challengers “The Good Samaritans,” Hinsdale Fil-Am
Creyentes de Jesús, Joliet Hispanic
Eben-Ezer, Maranatha
Ambassadors, North Aurora


Indiana Conference

Cicero Cherokee, Cicero

Indianapolis Spanish Falcons, Fort Wayne Hispanic

Eagles, Elkhart

Fort Wayne Hispanic Maranatha, Indianapolis Central Hispanic


Lake Region Conference:

Shiloh Trailblazers, Shiloh


Michigan Conference:

Ann Arbor Anchors -Team Luke, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Anchors - Team Theophilus, Ann Arbor
Beavers, Belgreen
Berrien Springs Golden Eagles Anointed, Berrien Springs Spanish
Gobles Sylvaneers, Gobles

Huskies, Holland

Capitals - Philadelphia, Lansing

Capitals - Ephesus, Lansing

Capitals - Thyatira, Lansing

Maranatha Lakers, Grand Rapids Maranatha

Mid-Michigan Messengers, Edenville

Stevensville Challengers Team, Stevensville

Stevensville Challengers Team, Stevensville

Wyoming Wranglers, Wyoming

Eau Claire Critters, Eau Claire


Wisconsin Conference:

Monroe Trail Blazers, Monroe
Madison Mustangs, Madison area churches
Watertown Sentinels, Watertown
Milwaukee Panthers, Milwaukee Spanish North


There are two levels of advancement left to complete – Union and Division.

Union Level — March 16, Andrews University 

Division Level — April 27, Rockford, Ill.