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Kenneth Denslow


Ken Denslow is the President of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. Before assuming this position in 2021 he was the assistant to the president of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was the president of the Illinois Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Ken and his wife, Patricia, have two adult children, Michael and Kristin. They take every opportunity they can to visit their children and granddaughters in Texas and Illinois. Ken also enjoys cycling and reading.


Steven Poenitz

Executive Secretary

Steve Poenitz hails originally from Ft. Worth, Texas. At seven years of age, an elementary school teacher affirmed his calling to the ministry by preparing him to preach a 12-minute sermon at the Texas Camp Meeting on the Second Coming of Jesus. He credits a dorm roommate at Chisholm Trail Academy with modeling the importance of a daily relationship with Jesus. After a student missionary stint at Bangkok, Thailand, and graduation from Southwestern Adventist University, he began pastoring the New Jersey Conference where he was ordained in 1980. Later, he pastored in Kansas City, KS; Grants Pass, OR; Napa, CA; and Greeneville, TN. In 2008 he was called to serve as Ministerial Secretary in the Indiana Conference, and later in 2015 he was invited to serve as their president. He now serves as Executive Secretary and Ministerial Director of the Lake Union Conference. Having completed his MDiv and DMin studies, he covets the life-long learning model touted by his professor’s colleagues at Andrews University. He appreciates the mentor and mentee opportunities with colleagues in ministry. It’s been an added blessing for Steve to partner with his wife, Erney, in ministry.


Glynn C.W. Scott


Glynn C.W. Scott has served in the Lake Union Conference since 2000 as associate treasurer and then as treasurer from 2003 to the present time. Prior to serving in the Lake Union, Glynn was secretary/treasurer for the Bermuda Conference from 1997 to 1998 and treasurer for 1999. Prior to the Bermuda Conference, Glynn served as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, Price Waterhouse and financial analysis for Fidelity Investments (Boston). Glynn holds a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Atlantic Union College. He is married to Donna-Mae (Young) Scott, and they have two boys, Glenn Jr. and Clifton.


Carmelo Mercado

General Vice President

Carmelo began pastoring in the Indiana Conference, in Hammond, Indiana. In 1980, he received from It Is Written a request for Bible information from a family who lived in East Chicago, Indiana. He gave the family Bible studies and baptized the mother, father and their daughter, Rosanne, in the Adventist faith. In 1986, he married Rosanne, who currently works as an occupational therapist at St. Joseph hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Carmelo had the opportunity to serve his entire pastoral ministry in Indiana, serving in cities like Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, Richmond, Connersville, New Castle, Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Martinsville and Fort Wayne. He also served as Hispanic coordinator for the Indiana Conference for five years, and also served as NET '98 Hispanic coordinator in 1998. Carmelo has served in his current role as general vice president for 11 years. He is also Multicultural Ministries director for the Lake Union and secretary for the Adventist-laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) Lake Union chapter.


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