Welcome to the Lake Union Headquarters

of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the states surrounding Lake Michigan.

We serve huge metropolitan centers like Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Milwaukee, but we also feel close to home in small cities and villages scattered throughout our mostly farmland territory. We serve almost 90,000 members in nearly 560 churches and companies in five local conferences. We are home to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University, AMITA Health facilities (previously known as Adventist Midwest Health) in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as approximately 79 academies and elementary schools.


The Lake Union is an integral part of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Our primary objective is to share the "good news" of Christ's saving grace to every individual within its territory.

We are committed to helping prepare a people for the soon return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus and we heartily endorse the caring church concept as a means of involving every member in ministering to the needs of God's children.

We accept the vital role that the union must play in coordinating the efforts of individual members, churches, and institutions within its territory. In its role, we pledge the support of personnel and means to the World Church in the fulfillment of this task.


Latest News & Inspiration

Here are a few of the latest news and inspirational inspirational stories from the Lake Union.




Current Issue

October 2020


With our lives being diverted and focus redirected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided this was a good time to read through the Bible again. I’m now in the Psalms, a refreshing contrast to my new perspective of the Old Testament stories of carnage and violence, given our current culture. I had forgotten how far God’s people, even His best people, had drifted away from God in such short order following the miraculous Red Sea crossing. I found myself quick to judge and condemn their actions until I read further and saw myself in the story.

However unwelcome these current events, we may find blessings. For one, it certainly has adjusted my thinking regarding priorities. We have a whole new paradigm of life on this planet and where our priorities should be. And speaking of priorities, what about our neighbors who may have no clue of Heaven’s perspective? This could be our opportunity to reach them with a message of hope and spiritual healing.

-- Gary Burns, Editor