Our Mission

The object of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S. is to encourage all people to recognize and observe a day of Sabbath rest and to worship the risen Lord Jesus Christ, on the Lord’s Day, Sunday; and for that purpose to gather and diffuse information, to publish documents, to use the press, to cause public addresses to be made and to use other means as shall be expedient and proper to the end that the blessings of the Lord’s Day and the benefits of Sabbath rest shall be secured for all people.

Our History

The Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States (LDA) was founded in 1888. That year representatives of six major Protestant denominations met in Washington, D.C. to organize the American Sabbath Union; this name was later changed to The Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States. The LDA has been the one national organization whose sole purpose is to maintain and cultivate the first day of the week as a time for rest, worship, Christian education and spiritual renewal.

Today, The Lord’s Day Alliance promotes the importance of the Sabbath, and a message of spiritual renewal and personal well-being in this fast-paced 24/7, 21st century American culture.

Our Leadership

The LDA is led by a Board of Managers comprised of clergy and laity from Christian churches and includes persons from Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Friends, Lutheran, Methodist, Non-Denominationalist, Orthodox, Presbyterian, and Reformed traditions.

Currently, John Hinkle is President of the Board of Managers. Additionally, Don Conroy as Secretary, Brian Hanse as treasurer, and David McNair as Board of Elders liaison. Executive Director Rodney Petersen provides staff guidance to the LDA.

Board of Managers
Rev. Timothy Bird, Glade Spring, VA
Timothy E BirdRev. Timothy E. Bird did his undergraduate work at Hampden Sydney College in Virginia. Upon graduation, he pursued graduate studies at Harvard Divinity, Andover Newton Theological School, graduating with a masters of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. During that time, he spent a year as a volunteer in mission in Brazil. He has served pastorates in North Carolina and is presently pastor of Glade Spring Presbyterian Church in Virginia. Rev. Bird is a fourth generation Presbyterian USA pastor. He is followed in ministry by his daughter Sarah. He has served the LDA as a board member for thirty-five years.
Rev. Dr. Donald B. (Don) Conroy, Greensburg, PA
Donald B ConroyDonald B. Conroy, S.T.L., Ph.D., is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg (PA); president of the International Consortium on Religion and Ecology; North American chaplain to the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements; and former member of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Environmental Sabbath/World Day of Rest. He is co-editor/author with Rodney Petersen of Earth at Risk: Advancing the Environmental Dialogue Between Religion and Science (Humanity Books, 2000). See more.
Mr. Floyd A. Craig, Franklin, TN
Floyd A CraigFloyd A. Craig is President of Craig Communications Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee, where he creates and implements fundraising campaigns for regional and national denominational and nonprofit organizations. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Citizen Affairs and the Governor’s Citizen Advocate (Ombudsman) for the State of North Carolina. In 1983, he became the first person from North Carolina to receive the Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America. As an accredited (APR) member of the Public Relations Society of America, he served as president of its North Carolina chapter. He is also a former president of both Baptist Public Relations Association and the Nashville chapter of Religious Public Relations Council. Floyd has written ten books, including Christian Communicator’s Handbook and Not IF, But When – a Crisis Communication Manual, and is a contributing author to three additional books. He holds a degree in religious education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at several seminaries. Craig and his wife Anne have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Brian W. Hanse, Wayne, NJ
Brian W HanseBrian W. Hanse is a trusts and estates partner in the Wayne, New Jersey law firm of Hanse Anderson LLP, where he helps families with the settlement of estates after the passing of a loved one. Mr. Hanse has served in the capacities of President and Treasurer at the Lord’s Day Alliance, where he is a member its Executive Committee and Chair of its Finance Committee. Brian and his wife Kathy reside in Morris County, New Jersey with their three sons Kevin, Henry, and Jason. The family attends West Side Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Rev. Dr. John Hinkle Jr., Murfreesboro, TN
John A Hinkle JrRev. Dr. John A. Hinkle, Jr. and his family arrived in Murfreesboro to serve the First Presbyterian Church in July of 2008. John received a B.A. in Religion from Presbyterian College and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry at George Fox Seminary and University. John was ordained in June of 1994 as the pastor of the Antioch Presbyterian Church in Antioch, North Carolina. Beginning in the year 2000, John was called to be the organizing pastor of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Paulding County, Georgia. Through John’s leadership, Providence Presbyterian Church chartered in 2003 and moved into her new church home on Easter Sunday 2007. John has a passion in ministry to reach those wanting more that what the world has to offer. He believes that the local church is where one can raise questions and discover answers to life’s problems and in such a process become awakened to the love of Jesus Christ. During his down time, John enjoys spending time with his family, discovering the beauty of Middle Tennessee, and walking his two English Springer Spaniels, Dooley and Lily.
Dr. Peggy Hothem
Dr. Peggy Hothem, Gordon College emerita, studies the philosophical and cultural integration of leisure, work, time, family and quality of life issues. She has received the O’Brien Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) with a citation for lifetime achievement. She explores the psychological, sociological and philosophical dimensions of leisure, seeking a theological perspective on the role of labor, and of rest, as well.
Mr. David C. McNair, Jackson, MS
David C McNairDavid C. McNair studied liberal arts at Millsaps College and received a BS in Business from Mississippi State University. After active duty, USAR (sergeant E-5), he moved to St. Louis and worked at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and the Football Cardinals (NFL), later starting and operating an airline and Cinema 8, the first “over the air” cable TV in the country. David returned to Jackson in 1976 where he developed several properties, including Treetops Boulevard and Flowood Business Park. He has served as an officer in several organizations, including TriCounty Big Bros/Big Sis (where he was awarded National Big Brother of the Year 1992), Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States (Atlanta and Boston), Global Outreach International, and Mississippi Food Network. He currently teaches at Northminster and at Angola Penitentiary every other month. His duties have taken him to many countries to visit missionaries, and he set up endowments at both Millsaps College and Belhaven University for students to work with missionaries abroad.
Rev. Dr. W. David Sapp, Atlanta, GA
David A SappWilliam David Sapp received a BA from Mercer University, and an M.Div and D.Phil from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as President of The Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States and Canada from 2005-2008. From 1999-2012, he was the Senior Pastor of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, he pastored Baptist churches in Richmond, VA and Chamblee, GA. He has taught at several universities, including Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University, and Mercer University, and served as a board member for Buckhead Business Association, McAfee School of Theology, Christian Ethics Today, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting, and Mercer University. He is the author of Sessions With Revelation, and has also published a wide variety of other writings, including chapters in other books and articles for various periodicals. William is married to Linda Powers, and they have two children.
Rev. Dr. Dimitrios Tonias
Dean of Boston’s Annunciation Cathedral, and a professor on the faculty of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Rev. Dr. Fr. Dimitrios Tonias has published Greek textbooks and his dissertation, Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom (2014). He represents His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios on the Massachusetts Council of Churches’ board, the National Council of Churches’ inter-religious and Jewish-Christian convening panels, and the International Council of Christians and Jews.
Mrs. Lenore H. Tucker, Chambersburg, PA
Lenore TuckerFirst Lady Lenore Tucker is a proud native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors in English from Mercyhurst University, and she worked on her Masters in Education at Andrews University in Battle Creek, Michigan. Lenore has worked professionally as an educational consultant for Northumberland Human Services, Jostens, and Abraxas Youth & Family Services. She was the National Director of Education for VisionQuest National Ltd., the Title I Coordinator for the Washington County School District, and for ten years, an evaluator for the Middle States Association. Lenore is the President of the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association, the second woman and the first minority to hold this office. She is married to the Reverend Doctor Ronnie Tucker, Pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Steelton, PA.
Rev. John Van Hemert, Lantana, FL
John Van HemertJohn Van Hemert is a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of NA, and has served congregations in both Canada and the USA for 37 years. He holds degrees from Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. His passion is to preach the Gospel of Christ to the Seafarers on the ships and Seaports of Palm Beach, Florida, where he pioneers a mission. He also serves on oil tankers in NW Washington and cruise ships in Vancouver, Canada. John and his wife Jean have five children, and eleven grandchildren, and one great grandson. John’s interests and hobbies including gardening, traveling, and promoting causes such as the Lord’s Day Alliance, Focus on the Family, Christian organizations that influence the marketplace, and political efforts to bring about a reawakening and revival.
Mr. Edward L. (Woody) White, Jr., Atlanta, GA
Edward L Woody White JrEdward Lee White, Jr., or Woody, is currently President of the Cecil B. Day Foundation, a position he has held for thirty-eight years. He also serves as Senior Vice President of the Cecil B. Day Investment Company. Prior to his coming to work for Mr. Cecil Day, he had been employed at Encounter Ministries in Florida, the Kiawah Development Company in South Carolina, and Merrill Lynch in New York City. He also served in the United States Navy from 1966-1972. Woody currently serves as Chairman of the Fox Theatre Board of Directors and as a Trustee for the Lord’s Day Alliance. He has also served on the Boards of numerous institutions, including Pace Academy, Atlanta Host, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth for Christ, Goodwill Industries, and Leadership Georgia. In 1996, Mr. White was selected by the Religious Heritage of America to receive the Churchman of the Year Award. Woody received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is married to Virginia Farris, and they are members of The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta where they are actively engaged in ministry and service. They have two children.
Mr. Frank Woodson, Birmingham, AL
Frank A WoodsonFrank A. Woodson is the Executive Director of Mission Alabama, where he leads a team of nine facilitators in strategies for holistic community development. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant at AUM School of Business and as Assistant Director of Young Business Leaders, where he was involved in strategic planning, mentoring, and community networking, and above all raising up godly leaders. He has served on numerous national, state, and regional boards, including The Lord’s Day Alliance, The Alabama Service Commission, The State of Alabama Land Bank Authority, and The Coalition of African American Leadership. He has also been involved with several community-wide initiatives, including the BGEA Birmingham Festival of Hope Steering Committee, Covenant Community Fellowship, and Leadership Birmingham. Frank graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Mass Communications. He is married to Treva Le’June Woodson, and they have six children.
Board of Elders
Mrs. Ira Q. (Betty Jo) Craft, Columbia, SC
Betty Jo Canon Craft has served as Chairman of the Dallas Baptist University Foundation, and as a board member of the Lord’s Day Alliance and the Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Committees. An advocate for mission education through the Women’s Missionary Union at First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina, she has also spoken at numerous retreats on building an effective women’s ministry in the church, sharing Christ in the marketplace, and growing a Christian marriage. In 1995, Betty received an honorary degree and a Ruth Award from the Dallas Baptist University’s Women’s Auxiliary Board in recognition of her dedication to God, family, others, and Christian education at DBU. Along with her late husband, Ira, Betty was actively involved in Southern Baptist home mission efforts in pioneer areas as well as the national lay renewal program. They also supported Christian work in the Northeast through the Baptist Convention of New England.
Dr. Paul Craven, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Paul Craven is a member of the Board of Elders of the Lord’s Day Alliance, USA.
Mr. Larry Eidson, St. Simons Island, GA
Mr. Larry Eidson is a member of the Board of Elders of the Lord’s Day Alliance, USA.
Mr. William C. Hanse, Wayne, NJ
William C. Hanse is of counsel in the Wayne, New Jersey law firm of Hanse Anderson LLP, where he helps families with the settlement of estates after the passing of a loved one. A member of the board’s finance committee, Mr. Hanse has served as Chairman of Atlantic Stewardship Bank and its holding company Stewardship Financial Corporation (SSFN on NASDAQ). William and his wife Barbara are members of Grace United Presbyterian Church of Wayne, New Jersey, where he is an Elder.
Rev. James N. Hollingsworth, Atlanta, GA
Rev. James N. Hollingsworth is a member of the Board of Elders of the Lord’s Day Alliance, USA.
Rev. Marvin R. Jonasen, Shishmaref, AK
Marvin R. Jonasen is pastor of Shishmaref Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Shishmaref, Alaska. A 1994 MDiv graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA, Jonasen has served the church in multiple capacities all across the United States. In addition to serving as a parish pastor in California, Minnesota, Connecticut, Washington and Alaska (with Cross Cultural Ministry Training in Northern Alaska), he has served the church in several parts of the United States and in numerous capacities, including extensive volunteer work in Chaplaincy among diverse populations. Beginning with Clinical Pastoral Education training at Stanford University Medical Center, Jonasen has developed and/or been involved in nursing home/assisted living facility chaplaincy; prison and jail chaplaincy; and, ministry with homeless persons. Jonasen serves on various boards, and he is author of“Why Have All The People Gone: The State of the Christian Church in America” (2009); a musician/composer, writer and a wildlife/landscape photographer. He is the father of one son.
Rev. Dr. Roger A. Kvam, Marietta, GA
Roger A. Kvam is a Presbyterian minister who has served churches in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Georgia. He also taught political science in his earlier life at a state university in Ohio. Married to Deborah, they live with their adult Down Syndrome son, Eugene, in Marietta, Georgia. He now serves as Stated Supply to Cloudland and Menlo Presbyterian churches in the Cherokee (GA) Presbytery.
Mr. Eugene Nicodemus, Harrisburg, PA
Mr. Eugene Nicodemus is a member of the Board of Elders of the Lord’s Day Alliance, USA.
Mr. Wendell Schaal, Panama City, FL
Mr. Wendell Schaal is a member of the Board of Elders of the Lord’s Day Alliance, USA.