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, including but not limited to Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, Episcopalian, Friends, Lutheran, Methodist, Non-Denominational, Orthodox, Presbyterian, and Reformed traditions.

Currently, John Hinkle is President of the Board of Managers. Andy Krey is Vice-President, Don Conroy serves as Secretary, and David McNair serves as acting treasurer and Board of Elders liaison. Executive Director Rodney Petersen provides staff guidance.

Board of Managers
Rev. Timothy Bird, Glade Spring, VA
Timothy E. Bird (B.A., Hampden Sydney College, VA; studied at Harvard Div. School, Cambridge MA; Andover-Newton Theo. Sem., Newton, MA; M. Div. Union Theol. Sem., Richmond, VA). While pursuing his education, Tim spent a year as a volunteer on mission in Brazil. Having served churches in North Carolina, he is now pastor of Glade Spring Presbyterian Church, VA. A fourth generation Presbyterian USA pastor, Rev. Bird is followed in ministry by his daughter Sarah; he has been on the LDA Board of Managers since 1984.
Rev. Jeff Bulthuis, Caledonia, MI
Jeff Bulthuis (M.Div., Calvin Theo. Sem.) is the managing editor of the Today devotional series. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Tradition, he has pastored churches in the Midwest; he and his family now live in Michigan. Jeff joined the LDA Board of Managers in 2019.
Dr. M. Austin Connors, Raleigh, NC
Austin Connors (B.A. Furman Univ., M.S. Ed. and Ed. D., Indiana Univ.) has done professional work in education, government, and the nonprofit sector. He has also held teaching and administrative positions at several levels of education. Austin has volunteered as a guardian ad litem, served as a member of various community boards, and as an active church lay leader. A husband, father, and grandfather, Austin joined the LDA Board of Managers in 2018.
Rev. Dr. Donald B. (Don) Conroy, Greensburg, PA
Donald B. Conroy (S.T.L., Ph.D.) is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg (PA) and president of the International Consortium on Religion and Ecology. He is also the North American chaplain to the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements and a former member of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Environmental Sabbath/World Day of Rest. With Rodney Petersen he wrote and co-edited Earth at Risk: Advancing the Environmental Dialogue Between Religion and Science (Humanity Books, 2000). (See more.) Don joined the LDA Board of Managers in 2015.
Rev. Dr. John Hinkle Jr., Murfreesboro, TN
John A. Hinkle, Jr. (B.A., Presbyterian College; M.Div., Columbia Theo. Sem.; D. Min., George Fox Sem.) serves Murfreesboro’s First Presbyterian Church as its senior pastor. Ordained in June, 1994, he has also pastored churches in North Carolina and Georgia. John ministers to those seeking more than the world can offer; he believes the local church is where one can raise questions and find answers to life’s problems and so be awakened to the love of Jesus Christ. John and his family love Tennessee’s beauty, and their dogs Dooley and Lily; he joined the LDA in 2005.
Chaplain Andy Krey, Rincon, GA
Andy Krey (M.Div., Luth. Theol. Sem/United Luth. Sem.) has been a Ship Welfare Visitor since 1990, assessing shipboard conditions and crewmember safety. He began shipping out while in college and interned at the Houston International Seaman’s Center from 1974-5. He has been posted in ports near Boston, MA, Houston, TX, New York City, NY, Providence, RI, and New Haven, CT. In 2019 he retired as the Maritime Bethel Chaplain for the Savannah, GA, port. The L.C.A.’s New England Synod Bishop Bob Isakson assigned him to the LDA Board in 1980.
Mr. David C. McNair, Madison, MS
David C. McNair (Millsaps College, Mississippi State Univ., BS Bus, Sgt USAR), has worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and the St. Louis Football Cardinals. He started an airline carrying mail and a TV station; returning to Jackson, Mississippi, he later did real estate development. He joined the LDA in 1998.
Mr. Hector Pagan, Revere, MA
Hector Pagan (M.S., Ed.S., Bay Path University; JD Cand., Suffolk Univ. Law School) works as a Licensed Behavior Analyst for the Chelsea, MA Public Schools. He and his wife Kristina live in Revere, and attend Resurrection Church, East Boston, MA. Hector joined the LDA Board in 2019.
Dr. Lauri Przybysz, Severna Park, MD
Lauri Przybysz (D.Min, Catholic Univ. of Am.) is a family life minister, consultant, and catechist, Executive Director of the Christian Family Movement-USA, Education Director for Catholics for Family Peace, past-president of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, and retired coordinator of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She also offers parents’ workshops, couples’ and family retreats, and parish and school staff formation workshops. She joined the LDA Board in 2019.
Rev. Dr. David Scafide, Hanover, PA
David Scafide (D. Min., M.Div.), has been the Sr. Pastor of Manchester Baptist Church, Manchester, MD since 2010. In addition to serving on the LDA Board of Managers, he is also on the Boards of the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, and the Northeast Social Action Program. He joined the LDA Board in 2018.
Mrs. Lenore H. Tucker, Starkville, MS
Lenore Tucker (B.A., Eng., Mercyhurst Univ.; M. Ed. at Andrews Univ., Battle Creek, MI, in process) served as an educational consultant for Northumberland Human Services, Jostens and the Abraxas Family & Youth Services. She has also been Director of Education for VisionQuest National, Ltd., Title I Coordinator for the Washington Co. School District, and an evaluator for the Middle States Association. She was the second woman and the first minority to serve as President of the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association; she and her husband, Rev. Dr. Ronnie Tucker, now live in Starkville, MS, where they lead the Mt. Peiler Baptist Church. She joined the LDA in 2013.
Mr. Frank Woodson, Birmingham, AL
Frank A. Woodson (B.A., Comm., Univ. of Alabama), Exec. Dir. of Mission Alabama, has consulted for the AUM School of Business and done strategic planning, mentoring, and community networking as Assistant Director of Young Business Leaders. He has served on the Alabama Service Commission, Alabama Land Bank Authority, and Coalition of African American Leadership, in addition to the LDA Board, and has been on the Steering Committee of the local BGEA Festival of Hope, Covenant Community Fellowship, and Leadership Birmingham. He seeks to foster holistic community growth and raise up godly leaders; he and his wife Treva Le’June Woodson have six children. He joined the LDA Board in 2010.
Board of Elders
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. 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. 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.
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, Onalaska, WI
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.
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.
Ruth E. Hodge, Carlisle, PA
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Advisors
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.
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.
Staff
Donna LaRue, Arlington, MA
Donna LaRue is an executive assistant for the Lord’s Day Alliance, USA.