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
Mrs. Ira Q. (Betty Jo) Craft, Columbia, SC
Mr. Floyd A. Craig, Franklin, TN
Mr. Brian W. Hanse, Wayne, NJ
Brian W. Hanse, a past President of LDAUSA, currently serves as board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Brian is Managing Partner of Hanse Anderson LLP, a law firm based in Wayne, New Jersey. A trusts and estates lawyer with 25 years experience, Brian seeks to meet the legal and financial planning needs of the firm’s private clients.

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., Atlanta, 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.

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
Mr. Tim Norton, Maryville, TN
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
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