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Chesapeake Conference Exceeds 500 Baptisms/POFs for Consecutive Year

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Total conference membership surpassed 18,000 in 2023.

Chesapeake Conference surpassed 500 baptisms and professions of faith (POF) for the second consecutive year in 2023, and total conference membership exceeded 18,000 members for the first time.

In 2023, Chesapeake Conference welcomed 408 new members through baptism and 98 through profession of faith, ending the year with 18,143 total members across 105 congregations.

Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president, expressed thankfulness to God for the growth: “Praise the Lord! We rejoice and give Him the glory for each precious soul who has come into the Kingdom and united with God’s last day Church,” Lutz said. He added, “As we continue to reach out to others with the Good News, let’s work together to make sure these new members feel welcomed and loved as members of the family of God.”

Equipping churches for evangelism and outreach continues to be the primary focus of the Chesapeake Conference, as outlined in the recently released Strategic Plan. The conference remains committed to partnering with churches for growth by subsidizing up to 50% of the cost of local evangelistic programs and providing training and resources for pastors and members. Additionally, Adventist schools and robust youth and children’s ministry programs continue to play a significant role in overall church growth.

“Surpassing 18,000 in membership is a significant milestone for our conference,” said Andre Hastick, Chesapeake Conference executive secretary. “We are so grateful to the Lord for how He continues to move throughout all the regions of our territory. This milestone is also a testimony of the faithful outreach and mission-based efforts happening in our churches and schools each day. May He continue to expand the Kingdom through every vessel willing to be used by Him.”

Among the conference’s English-speaking congregations, the Spencerville (Silver Spring, Md.) church had the most baptisms/POFs in 2023 with 36. The Dover First (Del.) church had 20, and the Living Word (Glen Burnie, Md.) church had 18. Among Hispanic congregations, the Washington-Spencerville Spanish (Ashton, Md.) and Laurel Maranatha Spanish (Md.) churches each had 24 baptisms/POFs, and the Hagerstown Spanish (Md.) and Chesapeake Georgetown Spanish (Del.) churches both had 21.

“Reaching out to people for Jesus is why we are here,” Lutz said. “Let’s work and pray for many more in 2024!”

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