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Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists® Appoints New President
Lake Union Conference President Maurice Valentine announced on Sabbath that Pastor Vic Van Schaik has agreed to serve as the next Indiana Conference President. The announcement was made at the Sabbath Celebration and Music Festival event at Indiana Academy in Cicero, Indiana. The conference Executive Committee and Standing Nominating Committee met together on Thursday, April 5, and as a result the call was extended to Pastor Van Schaik. Van Schaik takes the Indiana Conference reins after the departure of former president Steven Poenitz, who recently accepted the position of Executive Secretary for the Lake Union Conference in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
“The Indiana Conference has many committed members, pastors, and teachers who desire to see the Lord’s work go forward. We have been blessed by Elder Poenitz’s leadership over the last three years and have seen a lot of plans put in place for the future. After much prayer and consideration, my wife Angela and I sensed the Lord’s leading and have accepted the call to serve. We are looking forward to working together with the many wonderful people in Indiana and seek their prayers as we begin this new role, ” Van Schaik said. Many Indianapolis residents may know Pastor Vic as not only the Senior Pastor of the Cicero Seventh-day Adventist® Church since 2014, but also as television host to Hope For Life TV, aired on WHMB-Channel 40.2. Van Schaik and his wife Angela, a licensed clinical social worker, have two children, Christian, 19, and Sofia, 16.
Van Schaik has also been the Ministerial Secretary for the Indiana Conference since 2015, and previously served for over twenty years as pastor in the Iowa-Missouri Conference. He obtained a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership in 2009 and Master of Divinity in 1993, both from Andrews University. His undergraduate degree is from Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. “God had other plans for my life than engineering. I have had the privilege of serving as a local church pastor for the past twenty-five years. It has been one of the greatest joys in my life to minister and share life with God’s people,” commented Van Schaik.
As Ministerial Secretary, Van Schaik has had the responsibility for the planning and promoting of the evangelistic strategy leading up to the General Conference World Session which will be held in Indianapolis in July 2020. More than 200 countries will send representatives to the meeting in Indianapolis with a possible attendance of more than 100,000 people.
“We are at a critical point in Indiana with the 2020 world meeting coming to our front door,” said Van Schaik. “I look forward to what God will do in the Indiana Conference as we prepare for this event. We are assured in Zechariah 4:6 that it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
Indiana Conference President
Vic Van Schaik