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A Message From Our President


Greetings! I’m pleased to extend a warm welcome as you peruse the information and resources available on the official website of the Mid-America Union Conference. From our headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska we have the privilege of working to advance the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mid-America. To that end, we provide a steady flow of administrative leadership, communication, mentoring and training for our six conferences, healthcare networks, elementary and secondary schools and Union College.

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Mid-America Union Mission Statement

The Mid-America Union exists to strengthen
its local conferences and institutions.


Who We Are


Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Mid-America Union Conference facilitates the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout a nine-state region in the Mid-western United States. Organized into six local conferences, our territory spans Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and San Juan County in New Mexico.

We provide services and resources for nearly 65,000 church members in more than 500 churches or companies throughout our territory, as well as 75 elementary and secondary schools, one college, nine summer camps and a number of other youth and young adult programs.

Contact us for help with ministry training, networking opportunities, assistance with religious liberty issues, planning wills and trusts and more.


Mid-America Union Core Values

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Church and Youth Ministries


Church Ministries provides leadership and support to our six local conferences in the areas of Children’s Ministries, Young Adults, Sabbath School, Small Group Ministries, Health Ministries, Personal Ministries and Evangelism, and Family Life and Recovery.

The department also provides support for Disabilities Ministries, Women’s Ministries, and Community Services through the Y.E.S. (Youth Emergency Services) program.

Evangelism and Small Groups

The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to share the everlasting gospel with the entire world. The most effective way to accomplish that mission is through small groups in the local church. Specific seminars and materials are provided to help pastors and small groups within the church as they share the everlasting gospel in preparation for Christ’s soon return.

Family Life

Because so much of what impacts an individual’s spiritual development happens as a result of family issues and needs, Family life covers a wide variety of ministries. Seminars and materials for specific needs are provided and encouraged. Such seminars include materials for singles, premarital counseling, parenting skills, and marriage enrichment.

Recovery and Spiritual Development

The good news of the gospel extends to healing the brokenhearted, binding up the wounds of those who are emotionally damaged, setting at liberty those who are held captive by addiction, and aiding those who are victims of abuse. Specific seminars and materials for individuals and families seeking recovery from abuse, emotional damage, and depression are provided.

Young Adult Ministries

Utilizing the time and talents of young professionals is an important focus of the church. Support ministries are available to young adults attending colleges and universities. Social and mission outreach events are organized and provided each year.

Adventurer Club

Adventurer Club is a comprehensive ministry focused on parenting skills. The age group is seven to nine years of age. Clubs meet weekly or monthly in local churches. Awards are earned by the children and parenting skills are learned by the parents. Yearly events include special fun days and campouts organized by the local conferences.

Pathfinder Club

Pathfinder Club is the scouting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Clubs meet weekly in local churches. Meetings incorporate earning honor badges and working on progressive class work. Camping skills are enhanced by campouts. Events, including camporees and fairs, are planned by local conferences.

Plans are underway for the 2017 Mid-America Union Camporee. For more information visit midamericacamporee.org.

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The MAUC Communication Department works to develop a positive reputation for the Seventh-day Adventist Church among members and communities in the Mid-America region. We strive to create a compelling and comprehensive awareness of how members, leaders and institutions are fulfilling the gospel calling of the Adventist Church throughout our nine-state territory. The goal of this communication is to build on the sense of ownership among our constituents that inspires personal commitment and enthusiastic participation.

OUTLOOK magazine is the signature product of Mid-America’s Communication Department. In addition to reporting news, OUTLOOK shares inspiration through editorials and stories from leaders and members who are making a difference. Our digital edition, OUTLOOK Online, features exclusive content including photos, videos, articles and blogs. In addition, myOUTLOOK newsletter is a weekly email update on happenings in our territory and beyond.

Exciting opportunities continue to emerge in social media and other areas of the digital world and we are continually seeking to further develop our online presence. We also support and encourage conferences and local congregations in maximizing their potential for sharing the vision of their leadership, building community among members, and optimizing opportunities with their local media.

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The Mid-America Office of Education serves local conferences in our territory by developing and maintaining the Adventist educational enterprise amid the challenges of the 21st century. The teacher is the hub on which the wheel of Adventist education turns. Each year the academic records of 375 elementary and secondary teachers are submitted to this office for review of their certification status and assistance where needed. We also provide administrative support for local conference superintendents and academy principals.

Looking beyond the basic operations of the educational system, the Union office cultivates the development of new schools while sustaining the vision of existing schools. It is a continual challenge to ensure that everything about our schools harmonizes with the mission of Adventist education.

As we look to the future, the MAUC educational office is proposing a commission to study how Adventist education can best meet the needs of Mid-America’s young people. Armed with that information, they will optimize the marketing of Christian education by local churches, schools and conferences—not only to our own members but to the community at large. This will maximize the evangelistic potential of Christian education. Another benefit is increased enrollment, which will strengthen the financial picture. The ultimate goal is securing the future of our schools so they can continue to equip and empower young people to take their place in our church family as soul-winners and disciple-makers.

LouAnn Howard is director of the office of education and serves as associate for elementary education and curriculum. Support staff for the department include registrar Kristi Griffith and office administrative assistant Barb Engquist.

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Hispanic Ministries

A vital and vibrant part of the Mid-America Adventist family is our Hispanic membership. Spanish-speaking congregations function within the family of churches in the various local conferences, contributing evangelistically and financially in many ways.

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The ministerial department’s primary mission is to enhance the ministry of pastors in Mid-America by coordinating, equipping, supporting, and empowering local conference ministerial directors in their professional and personal lives as they, in turn, care for the pastors in their individual conferences.

Among the services we make available:

  • Host a collegial information sharing network for ministerial directors of our six constituent conferences.
  • Provide or highlight resources to local conference ministerial directors that enable pastoral professional growth and spiritual activity
  • Plan and host pastors conventions in Mid-America
  • Accept speaking appointments for pastors’ meetings, camp meetings, special church weekends, and church worship services
  • Assistance in strategic planning and creating functional structures for congregations upon request
  • Encourage participation in field-based education programs such as the Master of Pastoral Ministry program from Andrews University to refine and hone the skills of our pastoral ranks and establish professional parity across our field
  • Conduct continuing education opportunities around the union as requested by MAUC and local conference administrations
  • Provide pastoral leadership coaching upon request
  • Plan and host retreats and workshops for specific pastoral groups as requested by MAUC and local conference administrations

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Religious Liberty


On average, 15 Seventh-day Adventists in North America lose their jobs each week for choosing to keep the Sabbath. Led by attorney Darrel Huenergardt, the Mid-America Union religious liberty service is working hard to support local pastors and conference religious liberty leaders in defending the rights of Sabbath keepers in the workplace. Huenergardt also supports members with other issues that concern religious freedom while maintaining friendships with those not of our faith who share a common commitment to religious liberty.

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Treasury/Planned Giving and Trust Services

Planned Giving and Trust Services provides opportunities to support God’s work through special gifts, annuities, bequests and trusts. These expressions of generosity promote the spiritual dimension of Christian stewardship particularly relating to planning one’s estate. It is our pleasure to serve the members of the Mid-America Union in this regard, and we consider it extremely important to ensure that funds you entrust to our care are processed according to the highest professional and spiritual standards.

Many generous members have built and supported the churches throughout Mid-America. You have generously supported the educational ministries. You have given time and means for evangelism. You have built our youth camps. You have ministered in innumerable ways in your communities. Your giving has breathed life into the church. The sharing of your blessings has been far-reaching.

Planned giving has several components. It is a part of building financial security. It can provide protection for your loved ones. It can help you continue to give to sustain the causes you love. It isn’t just for the wealthy. It isn’t just for seniors.

Some people procrastinate about making or updating a will because they are having a hard time deciding where to leave their money. Some people think it costs too much to make a will. Some people just don’t want to think about their mortality. A will is a way to be sure that your property will go where you want, rather than the state making that decision for you. A will lets you choose someone to settle your estate and lets you choose who will care for your dependent children. A will lets you share your blessings to support the people and the causes you care about.

The ways you give may relate to where you are in your life cycle. Depending on your goals there are many ways to give and receive benefits at the same time. Here are just a few:

  • You can make a gift to the church program you care about by simply writing a check now, getting an income tax deduction and seeing the immediate impact.
  • By gifting long-term appreciated stock or other securities to a charity, you may avoid tax on capital gains and take advantage of a charitable deduction as well.
  • A charitable gift annuity lets you further the work of the church while you receive lifetime payments that may be partially tax free. The amount you place in the gift annuity and your age at the time the annuity is created determine the size of the fixed payments to you or another person.
  • You can name the church as the beneficiary of the remainder of the IRA assets after your lifetime if you have other assets to leave to your family that might carry less tax liability to your family.
  • Present or future gifts of cash, securities or property to family members, friends, your church or other charitable organizations can be given in many ways that may have tax advantages as well.
  • You can simplify your giving with a Donor Advised Fund. When you establish a Donor Advised Fund with your conference, you make a tax-deductible gift of cash or other assets. The gift is invested and managed by the conference. You are eligible to receive a charitable tax-deduction for the year that you make your gift. Later on, you advise the conference how you would like those funds to be used.

With any potential gift you should consult your qualified professional legal and/or tax advisors. Planned Giving and Trust Services personnel in your conference are there to help you.

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Women’s Ministries

The purpose of the Women’s Ministries Department is to intentionally encourage women and provide resources and training opportunities for ministry.

We want to inspire each woman to daily walk with Jesus. We want them to be equipped, encouraged, and especially nurtured. We want our women to use the talents God has given each of them and to be the woman they were created to be. We envision an active ministry for every woman because Women’s Ministries is not only about service to the women within the church but to the women in the community, as well.

Personal growth is an important element of ministry to women. We want to provide opportunities for women to grow by offering training seminars, leadership certification events to encourage women toward involvement in small church ministries, evangelism, Bible study groups, public speaking and community involvement. We love to invite women into the Seventh-day Adventist Church; nothing thrills us more. However, our ultimate goal is for every woman to have an intimate relationship with Jesus—to know Him as her best friend.


Following the vote on women’s ordination at the 2015 General Conference Session, Adventist world church president Ted Wilson requested division presidents of all 13 world divisions release a statement clarifying the roles of women in ministry.

Read the statement from Elder Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division

Women in Mid-America Union join other women from all around the world church in observance of the following annual General Conference Women’s Ministries Sabbaths:

  • Second Sabbath in June: Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day is designed to recognize the function of the Women’s Ministries in the church, in the home, and in the community.
  • Second Sabbath in July (only at NAD): Women’s Ministries Offering Day is designed so that funds are collected at the local church to support evangelism and leadership training of Women’s Ministries leaders.
  • Fourth Sabbath in August: Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day focuses on eliminating abuse in all its forms.
  • First Sabbath in March: Women’s Day of Prayer The importance of prayer in our lives and in Women’s Ministries cannot be overstated.
The NAD Women’s Convention will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
 Orlando, FL September 26-29, 2019.

Single Moms & Kids Retreat

The Wyoming Women’s Retreat, Seaside Escape – a study of Sarah and Hagar will be held at Mill Spring Ranch on Casper Mountain August 26-27
 Contact: Rhonda McDonald 307-259-8147.
The Colorado Western Slope retreat, Falling in Love Again will be held at Mountain Top Retreat (15 miles from Montrose) October 6-8
 Speaker: Darla Sherman. Contact: Linda Johnson 970-245-2294.
The Colorado Metro, NE/SE retreat, The Best is Yet to Come will be held at the Greeley Church, September 16 in the evening; and at Pinehurst Country Club September 17 in Littleton, CO.
 Contact: Ginger Bell 720-980-9006.

Terri Perkins | 913.371.1071 | email

Brenna Kerr | 701.360.1583 | email

Gail Coridan | 515.223.1197 | email

Sue Carlson | 785.478.4726 | email

Kristin Breiner | 952.201.7417 | email

Ginger Bell | 303.659.1999 | email


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Human Resources

The presentation prior to roll-out of the NAD Healthcare Assistance plans, held September 18, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska:

Our Mission

The MAUC Human Resources Department affirms its commitment to the Gospel Commission and Strengthening God’s work by providing professional services to administrators and staff. A high priority of MAUC HR is to assist in creating effective policies, practices and a mutually acceptable alliance between the Mid-America Union Conference and those who work within the organization. We also strive to be a resource to our Conferences.


The Mid-America Union Conference endeavors to empower the ministries of the six local conferences it serves in North America’s heartland.


Meet the Team

At the Mid-America Union office, we're like a family where all team members bring their own skills and ideas to the table. Click a picture to learn more about a team member or visit our "Ministries" section above to learn more about the ministries they represent.

Gary Thurber – President
Gil Webb – VP for Administration
Troy Peoples – VP for Finance
Gwen Speak – Associate VP for Finance
Raylene Jones – HR Director/Executive Administrative Assistant
Pennie Marshall – Executive Administrative Assistant
Evelyn Cornforth – Accountant
Hubert Cisneros – Church/Youth Ministries Director
Mic Thurber – Ministerial Director
Brenda Dickerson – Communication Director
Pablo Colindres Moreno – Digital Media Manager
Brennan Hallock – Designer/Ad Manager
LouAnn Howard – Director of Education
Gerard Ban – Associate Director of Education
Kristi Griffith – Registrar
Barb Engquist – Administrative Assistant
Roy Schaecher – Maintenance Engineer
Darrel Huenergardt – Religious Liberty Director
Nancy Buxton – Women’s Ministries Director


Learn more about Mid-America Union's six constituent conferences.


3301 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66104


7200 N Washington St
Bismarck, ND 58503


1005 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265


3440 Urish Rd
Topeka, KS 66614


7384 Kirkwood Court
Maple Grove, MN 55369


2520 S Downing St
Denver, CO 80210


MAUC Events Calendar


Mid-America Union Resources


Adventist Book Centers

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All your ministry needs from A to Z 


Adventist Churches in Mid-America

Disaster Relief

Contact MAUC’s Disaster Relief Coordinator

Emeritus/Honorary Credentials

Downloadable PDF Application

Grace Notes

Daily Devotional (Plus Embeddable Feed)


Adventist Hospitals in Mid-America

Ministerial Scholarship/Internship

Downloadable PDF Application

Ordination and Commission

Downloadable PDF Application 

OUTLOOK Magazine

News, photos, videos, blogs and more

Revolving Fund

Contact revolving fund administrator


Adventist Schools in Mid-America

Strategic Planning Framework

Downloadable PDF Document

Summer Camps

Adventist Summer Camps in Mid-America

Union College

Experience the Spirit 


North American Division Resources


Adventist Community Services

Serving communities in Christ’s name

Adventists InStep For Life

NAD initiative for healthful living 

Christian Record Services

Resources for the blind and sight impaired 

NAD Secretariat

Policy, HR, Operations, Initiatives, etc.

North American Division

Official NAD website

Society of Adventist Communicators

For Adventist communication professionals 


World Church Resources



Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Adventist World Magazine

Official world church publication 

Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research

Seventh-day Adventist History, Official Documents, Stats and Directories 

Hope Channel

Official Adventist Church TV channel

Adventist Identity

Toward a unified strategy of communication

World Church

Official world church website


Supportive Ministry Resources



Loma Linda Broadcasting Network


Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries

Church Pond

Adventist Television Service 


Faith-based complete wellness program

Good Neighbor Community Center

Basic and Emergency Services

It is Written

International television ministry

Light Bearers/Arise

Evangelism Training and Resources 

SDA For Me

Defending Adventist fundamental beliefs

Voice of Prophecy

Weekly radio ministry 

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