Children's, Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Welcome to the Children's, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries Department operated out of the Center for Youth Evangelism.
Youth ministry in the Lake Union goes back to 1879 when Luther Warren and Harry Fenner, ages 14 and 17, gathered together for prayer in Hazelton, Michigan, to establish the Adventist Missionary Youth Society. In 1901, the General Conference voted to establish a youth department, and in 1916 the Lake Union Conference established a youth department to better serve the needs of Lake Union youth and young adults. Since 1996, Ron Whitehead has directed Lake Union youth ministries for five union presidents.
The Lake Union historically and currently values youth and young adults. This union of conferences believes their youth are not only the church of tomorrow, but they are the church today. Here are a few ways our youth are involved in the mission of the Seventh-day-Adventist Church.
Did you know that the birth of Adventist
youth ministries began in the Lake Union?
Each year, the Lake Union partners with the Center for Youth Evangelism to offer Toolbox for Club Ministry. The conference, held twice a year at Andrews University, is a leadership development conference focused on training Adventurer and Pathfinder staff.
Lake Union Club Ministries Academy offers online Pathfinder Honors and Adventurer Rewards.
In 2001, the Lake Union Pathfinder Camporee was held with more than 1,800 in attendance. The Lake Union also hosted its quinquennial camporee in 2006, 2011 and 2016. It will again be held in 2021. In 2004, the Lake Union hosted the world camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with over 30,000 in attendance. Pathfinders convened again in Oshkosh in 2009, as well as 2014 and 2019, and are now looking forward to another world camporee in Oshkosh in 2024. Click here to view the International Camporee.