Mission Statement God has called us together as a community of faith, to be a servant people, to become mature persons in Christ, to be His witnesses to our world, to be unified together as the Body of Christ, and to ministering in our communities and around the world.

Vision Statement The Great Lakes Conference exists to unite churches in a cooperative ministry that reflects the imperative of the Great Commission to win people to Christ, to build them up in the faith and to equip them to be disciple-making disciples.


Our Staff Members

Earl Mills

Earl Mills grew up on a dairy  farm next to the Civil War battlefield of Antietam in Maryland.  He continued to farm after receiving his Dairy Science degree from the University of Maryland.  In 1986, God called him away from farming and into vocational ministry.  He attended Winebrenner Theological Seminary graduating...

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Jan Kaukonen

Jan Kaukonen grew up in Michigan and came to Ohio with her husband, Aaron, to pastor the First Baptist Church in Findlay.  She received her degree from Cornerstone University.  She came to the Great Lakes Conference office following her employment at Marathon Oil.  She and her husband have four adult children...

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Tom Weaver

Tom Weaver has been the  treasurer for Hopewell Church of God over ten years.  Tom and his wife, Jean, adopted their daughter, Michele, from China in February, 2009.  In addition to his conference responsibilities, Tom taught science at Old Fort High School.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in education...

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