Vic Van Schaik - President
In April of 2018 Pastor Vic was asked to serve as President of the Indiana Conference. Prior to this he served as Senior Pastor of the Cicero Seventh-day Adventist® Church, as well as the Ministerial Director for the conference. He continues to be one of the television hosts for Hope For Life TV, aired on WHMB-Channel 40.1.
Pastor Vic served for more than 25 years as a pastor in both the Indiana and the Iowa-Missouri Conferences. 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.
As Ministerial Director, Pastor Vic assisted with the planning and promotion of the evangelistic strategy leading up to the General Conference World Session which will be held in Indianapolis in July 2020. This special focus is called Ignite Indiana. “We are at a critical point in Indiana with the 2020 world meeting coming to our front door. 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 My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.’”
Van Schaik and his wife Angela, a licensed clinical social worker, have two children, Christian, and Sofia.
Mark Eaton - Secretary/Treasurer
Mark M Eaton has served the Seventh-day Adventist church as a literature evangelist, pastor, college professor, health care administrator, and conference treasurer for 41 years. He served 16 of those years as a missionary in what was once known as the Far Eastern Division. Eight of those years were spent in countries with large Muslim populations. This led to an interest in the history, beliefs and practices of Islam. Since 2012, he has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Indiana Conference.
Mr. Eaton received his undergraduate degree in Business from Washington Adventist University in 1977 and his MBA from Andrews University in 1981. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Indiana.
Mr. Eaton’s philosophy of the role of a treasurer is summarized in Nehemiah 13:13:
And I (Nehemiah) made treasurers over the treasuries, Shemaiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.
The role of a treasurer is to “distribute to the brethren.” His role is not to hoard resources, not to hide funds from his colleagues, but rather to work collaboratively with them to disburse funds for the advancement of God’s work. This requires careful planning and budgeting, to be sure, but never dishonest or manipulative misrepresentations of the facts.
Mr. Eaton has three daughters: Teresa, 34, Susan, 31, and Kristianna, 18. His wife, Julie, works for the federal government as an Information Technology specialist.