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.
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.
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.
David C. McNair, a businessman/entrepreneur from Jackson, Miss., is president of the Board of Managers. Co-Executive Directors Tim Norton and Rodney Petersen provide staff guidance to the LDA.
Timothy A. Norton
Timothy A. Norton
Rodney L. Petersen
is co-director of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S. having served the organization since 2000. Norton is deeply involved with a growing movement of Christian college journals, the Augustine Collective
—a movement he co-founded in 2010, and he is a founding board member of Fare Forward
, a Christian review of ideas formed in 2013. Together with Glen H. Stassen and Rodney L. Petersen, Norton edited Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and 21st Century Discipleship
(Wipf & Stock/Pickwick, 2013), and with Edward O’Flaherty and Rodney Petersen, he edited Sunday, Sabbath, and the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global Culture
(Eerdmans, 2010). He has written widely in the areas of marketing communications and philanthropy for numerous professional publications. Tim is married to Dawn and together they have one son, Luke.
Rodney L. Petersen is co-director of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S. since 2008, and executive director of the Boston Theological Institute since 1990. In addition to his work with the BTI, he teaches in both the member schools and overseas in the areas of history and ethics, currently focusing on issues of religion and conflict. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Petersen has served on several denominational committees and for seven years as the pastor of the Allston Congregational Church (U.C.C.). Prior work included teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland), and with the Fédération des Institutions établies à Genève (FIIG). He is author/editor (and co-editor) and contributor of several articles and scholarly works, including the books, Preaching in the Last Days (Oxford University Press, 1993); Christianity and Civil Society: Theological Education for Public Life (Orbis Books, 1995); Consumption, Population, and Sustainability: Perspectives from Science and Religion (Washington, D. C.: Island Press, 1999), with accompanying video, “Living in Nature;” The Contentious Triangle: Church, State, and University. A Festschrift in Honor of Professor George H. Williams (Kirksville, MO: Truman University Press, 1999), Earth at Risk (Amherst: Humanity Books, 2000), Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy and Conflict Transformation (Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2001, 2002), Theological Literacy for the 21st Century (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002); Antioch Agenda: Essays in Honor of Orlando E. Costas (ISPCK, 2007); with Edward O’Flaherty and Timothy A. Norton, he edited Sunday, Sabbath, and the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global Culture (Eerdmans, 2010); and, with Glen H. Stassen and Timothy A. Norton, Petersen edited Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and 21st Century Discipleship (Wipf & Stock/Pickwick, 2013). Petersen is married to Rebecca, and is father of four children: Elliott, Caleb, Max, and Bethany.
Rev. Timothy Bird, Glade Spring, VA
Mrs. Ira Q. (Betty Jo) Craft, Columbia, SC
Mr. Floyd A. Craig, Franklin, TN
Mr. Brian W. Hanse, Wayne, NJ
Brian W. Hanse, CPA/MBA/JD, is trusts and estates partner in the Wayne, New Jersey law firm of Hanse & Hanse. Since 1988, he has helped families with the settlement of estates after the passing of loved ones. Brian has served on the board of managers for several decades, most recently serving as its President. He and his wife Kathy reside in Morris County with their three sons Kevin, Henry, and Jason. Brian and Kathy are members of Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church (NJ), where their sons truly enjoy participation in their church youth groups.
Mr. William C. Hanse, Wayne, NJ
Rev. John Hinkle Jr., Murfreesboro, TN
Rev. John A. Hinkle, Jr. is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro since 2008. Hinkle received a B.A. in Religion from Presbyterian College and a MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary. He 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 and his wife, Leila, have one son, Tripp. John has a passion in ministry to reach those wanting more than 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 and discovering the beauty of Middle Tennessee.
Mr. Marcus L. Hodge, Carlisle, PA
Mrs. Marcus L. (Ruth) Hodge, Carlisle, PA
Rev. Dr. James Neil (Dock) Hollingsworth, Jr., Braselton, GA
Dock Hollingsworth is Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Supervised Ministry at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta. Dr. Hollingsworth did his undergraduate work at Mercer University, received his M. Div. degree from The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and completed his D.Min. degree at McAfee in 2008. Hollingsworth teaches Leadership and Supervised Ministry. He is also Executive Director of The Center for Teaching Churches, a transition into ministry program made possible by funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. He also serves on the board of The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, and is interim pastor of the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta. Dr. Hollingsworth and his wife, Melissa, are members of Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth, Georgia. Their daughter, Haley, is married to Chris Clement and they live in Chicago. Their son, Brendan, is a senior at Mercer University in Macon.
Rev. Marvin R. Jonasen, Bothell, WA
Marvin R. Jonasen is pastor of the Northlake Lutheran Church (ELCA), Kenmore, WA. 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 and Washington—with Cross Cultural Parish Ministry Training in Northern Alaska—he has served the church in numerous different capacities, and in several parts of the United States—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, and a wildlife/landscape photographer. He is father of one son, Andy.
Rev. Dr. David Key, Madison, GA
Chaplain Andrew E. V. Krey, Rincon, GA
Andrew 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.
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.
Rev. David Lauten, Columbia, SC
Mr. David C. McNair, Jackson, MS
Rev. Dr. W. David Sapp, Atlanta, GA
Mrs. Lenore H. Tucker, Chambersburg, PA
Rev. John Van Hemert, Lantana, FL
Mr. John Gardner (Jack) West, Porterdale, GA
Mr. Frank Woodson, Birmingham, AL
Mr. Edward L. (Woody) White, Jr., Atlanta, GA
The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S.
P.O. Box 941745
Atlanta, GA 31145-0745