About

Our Mission

The Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States exists to encourage Christians to reclaim the Sabbath–the Lord’s Day–as a day of spiritual and personal renewal, enabling them to impact their communities with the Gospel.

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.

Floyd A. Craig, President of Craig Communications, Inc., a practicing marketing and public relations specialist, based in Franklin, Tennessee, is President of the Board of Managers. Executive Director Rodney Petersen provides staff guidance to the LDA.

Board of Managers
Rev. Timothy Bird, Glade Spring, VA
Timothy 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. 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.

Mrs. Ira Q. (Betty Jo) Craft, Columbia, SC
Betty Jo CraftBetty 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.

Mr. Floyd A. Craig, Franklin, TN
Floyd 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 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. John Hinkle Jr., Murfreesboro, TN
John HinkleRev. 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.

Mrs. Marcus L. (Ruth) Hodge, Carlisle, PA
Ruth HodgeRuth E. Hodge received a B.S. in Business Administration from Lycoming College and a Masters in Library Science from Shippensburg University. In 1959, she married Marcus L. Hodge and moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two children, Perrianne Davis and Mark Andrew Hodge. In 1993, after a 33-year career as a librarian, Ruth was selected to join the Pennsylvania State Archives where she was the first African American Archivist. She contributed to numerous publications, including Guide to African American Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Faith Communities: The Religious Heritage of Cumberland County, and 250 Years of the Arts in Cumberland County. She has served on the Carlisle School Board, where in 2005 her efforts led to the naming of Emma T. McGowan building in the Carlisle Educational Center, the first and only public building in Carlisle to be named for an African American and a woman. Ruth has received numerous awards, including the Dept. of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and Carlisle’s NAACP Humanitarian Award. She serves on several Boards in the Carlisle area, where she continues to research and speak on the history of African Americans.

Rev. Dr. James Neil (Dock) Hollingsworth, Jr., Atlanta, GA
Dock HollingsworthDr. James Neil (Dock) Hollingsworth, Jr. joined Second-Ponce as Senior Pastor on September 1, 2013 after an 18-year career with Mercer University. Prior to accepting the call as pastor, Dr. Hollingsworth was Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and received his Master of Divinity degree from The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Prior to his Mercer employment, Dr. Hollingsworth served churches in North Carolina and Georgia. He and his wife Melissa have two children and one grandchild.

Chaplain Andrew E. V. Krey, Rincon, GA
Andy KreyAndrew E.V. Krey is a Brooklyn, NY, German-speaking native, Andy went to college in Boston and then began sailing on US flagged super oil tankers. The Maritime Bethels in Boston and NYC recruited him from the ships to attend graduate school at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA from which he graduated in 1976. Since then Andy has been involved in Maritime Ministry, Parish Ministry, and Navy Chaplaincy. Before being transferred to Savannah, GA in 2007, Andy served as Director of Chaplaincy [SIH] for the Port of NY & NJ. Krey is mission developer of Maritime Bethel at Savannah, and pastor of Bible Lutheran Church in Rincon, GA. He is married to Sally Olson Krey, a home care physical therapist and together they have two children, Heather, and Ben, and three grandchildren.

Mr. David C. McNair, Jackson, MS
David 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
William David 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.

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
Woody WhiteEdward 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 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.

College of Elders
Ms. Mary Arnold Binns, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Paul Craven, Atlanta, GA
Mr. Larry Eidson, St. Simons Island, GA
Dr. James Griffith, Palmetto, GA
Mr. William C. Hanse, Wayne, NJ

William HanseWilliam 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.
Mr. Marcus L. Hodge, Carlisle, PA
Marcus HodgeMarcus L. Hodge has served in the US Air Force and worked as a drafter for Attorney Joseph J. McIntosh and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Since 1972, he has been a member of Carlisle’s Y’s Men’s International, the service club of the YMCA, where he also served as President for two terms. He has served as a board member for numerous organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and U.S. Colored Troops Institute, of which he is a founding member. For his long service, he received several awards from the Y’s Men International, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, and Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association, where he was President from 1990-2011 and continues to serve as a board member. Marcus assists Ruth, his wife, of 55 years in documenting the history of Shiloh. They have a daughter, a son, and two grandsons.

Rev. Marvin R. Jonasen, Shishmaref, AK

Marvin JonasenMarvin 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 KvamRoger 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
Dr. Moss Robertson, Gainesville, GA
Mr. Wendell Schaal, Panama City, FL

Staff

Rodney L. Petersen, Boston, MA
Rodney PetersenRodney L. Petersen, PhD serves as executive director of The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S., and as executive director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries in Boston. Prior to coming to these positions he was executive director of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), and co-founder of the Religion and Conflict Transformation program centered at Boston University School of Theology. He has taught in BTI member schools, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), and Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland), and worked with churches in France, Eastern Europe, and the U.S. Dr. Petersen is, or has been, a member of several non-profits, including the Massachusetts Council of Churches, the Inter-Religious Center on Public Life, Sec/treasurer, American Society of Missiology, member, PCUSA General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations and numerous other academic and ecclesiastical organizations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Camp Wilmot Camping Association (New Hampshire). His extensive bibliography includes Sunday, Sabbath and the Weekend; Managing Time in a Global Culture; Earth at Risk: An Environmental Dialogue between Religion and Science; Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and 21st Century Discipleship, and he served as general editor of Religion at Harvard, 1636-1992. He is married to Rebecca Sommer Petersen, and they have three sons and a daughter.

James Hornsby, Valdosta, GA
Jim HornsbyJames (Jim) Hornsby has served as the Art Director of Sunday Magazine since 2004. He currently is employed as professor art at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, where he has taught graphic design-related classes at Valdosta State for the past nineteen years. Prior to teaching, Jim worked for the Baptists Brotherhood Commission, an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, where he became director of the department of art during his 23 year tenure with the Brotherhood Commission. Jim is married to Karen Hornsby and during their 44 years of marriage they have raised two children. Jim will be retiring from university life in June and is looking forward to this next chapter of opportunities and service.

Sharon Vandergriff
Contact Us

For additional information, call (404) 693-5530, send email to rpetersen@ldausa.org, or send mail to:

The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S.
2715 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305-2907