When I was first starting out as a pastor, I was hired locally at a church in Tennessee. I was new in ministry
What We Do
Our Mission is to empower, equip, and mobilize youth to strengthen their own relationship with the Lord and share Him with friends, families, and the world
We coordinate Pathfinders, Adventurers, Camp Wakonda, Public Campus Ministry, JAHWI, and young adult ministries, along with mission trips and retreats.
This is a place of rest and renewal where people of all ages and backgrounds are able to connect with God through His Word and His creation. Surrounded by nature, there’s no better place to relax and unwind. Enjoy a week at summer camp, family camp, camp meeting, or reserve a special weekend for your church or family retreat.
Pathfinders is a worldwide, coed scouting-type club for juniors and teens in grade 5-12. Pathfinders enjoy Christian fellowship, learn a variety of outdoor and vocational type skills, and become involved in church and community outreach programs. Through Bible reading, Scripture memory, Bible Experience competitions, and mission trips, Pathfinders are encouraged to have a personal encounter with Jesus.
The Adventurer Club is designed to strengthen parent-child relationships by providing fun weekly activities to share. Parents, as their child’s primary teacher and evangelizer, are able to expand their parenting skills, and children are encouraged to develop good attitudes and habits through the stories, outings, and earning a variety of awards. This co-ed club focuses on leading children Pre-K (age 4) – fourth grade to love Jesus.
JAHWI is the Hispanic acronym for Jovenes Adventistas Hispanos de Wisconsin, which in English means Hispanic Adventist Youth of Wisconsin. Members range in age 14 and up. JAHWI holds youth Sabbaths, yearly retreat at Camp Wakonda, an annual mega youth Sabbath, sports day events, youth evangelistic meetings, and more. Members also support Wisconsin Hispanic churches with local youth events, even churches with small youth groups.
Public Campus Ministry
The Public Campus Ministry Department (PCM) ministers to Adventist students on public campuses. It is being reported that 80% of our youth are now attending public schools while 20% of our youth are in our Adventist schools. The vision and purpose of the PCM is to create a support structure to minister to Adventist youth on public campuses
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Latest News & Articles
Would you like to earn an honor while at camp meeting? Did you know that Refugees and Internally Displaced people
Allison Payne has accepted God’s call to serve, alongside her husband, Zack Payne, as the Administrative
As I write this, movers are hauling all of our stuff in boxes to our new home. Out the window, construction
After evaluation of current state health department policies regarding Covid-19, it was unanimously decided to
Two Wisconsin teams have advanced to the union level for testing on Sabbath, March 27: Pathfinders of the
We took home third place on the Area Pathfinder Bible Achievement (PBE) event. Congratulations! Despite
Isaiah chapter 6 tells of the Lord looking for someone to go on a great journey to reach his children and bring them back to the
It’s only March 1, but someone just told me it feels like March 330. This pandemic has been nothing short of a
On January 26, 2021 the 2024 International Camporee Executive Advisory Committee voted to approve
Madison Mustang Pathfinders and Adventurers are continuing to meet during Covid, but not in the usual way
What comes to mind when you think of New Year’s Eve and Day? As a child I used to be so excited by it! I would
“This is the most normal thing we have done all year!” This was a statement by a Pathfinder club leader that was
Watch Cross-Connect Video 2020 on the Wisconsin Conference initiative for integrated discipleship
Pathfinders just turned 70! All around the world this last Sabbath Churches celebrated the coming together of a
JAHWI (Jovenes Adventista Hispana de Wisconsin) (Adventist Hispanic Youth of Wisconsin), just celebrated their 20 Year Anniversary! What
Can you believe that we are on month number nine? Did you see the other eight fly by? During the last eight months
What is the only word that is spelled wrong in the dictionary? Wrong! What is big when its young, and small when
Although we don’t have pictures of all of the volunteers who came to help with the forestry management
WOW! Yes, that’s it! WOW! We have been hearing this a lot lately while traveling the state
Another big thank you to the volunteers who have come to help with the forestry clean up at Camp Wakonda!!
A big thank you to the volunteers who have come to camp to help with the forestry management project at
We will be providing day programming for the six listed churches listed. Find more details here!
Want to get out of the house? Looking for a great family activity? We could sure use your help at Camp Wakonda!
Are you sad that camp is not happening this year? Thats why we have developed a program that is smaller and mobile!
Click below to enjoy this “Year in Review” video of the 2019-2020 Green Bay Pioneer Pathfinder Club.
Have you ever seen the wonder, or perhaps terror, in a kid's eyes as they touch a reptile for the first time? That is a feeling
This precious fawn was spotted by Tammi Baker today on a cabin front porch at Camp Wakonda
The North American Division Children’s Ministries Department and AdventSource have partnered with the
The Waukesha Warriors Pathfinder Club has been participating in Zoom honor meetings during this pandemic.
I don’t know about you but in the last few weeks and months I have learned many new terms and phrases that
Due to Marquette County Health Department regulations, individuals are not allowed to visit
Greetings Pathfinders and Friends or Family of Pathfinders, it's a sad day in the Wisconsin Pathfinder schedule!
What a day! Or better yet…What day is it? I have had to ask myself that a few times this week, as
For 21 days, you can join Pastor Eric each morning at 9:30 am for a great 5-10 minute Bible study
As social interaction becomes more and more limited, the Center for Youth Evangelism wants to give you
Greetings Pathfinders! With times being rather uncertain and many hearts on edge right now, I
Get ready to sail the coast of Alaska September 20-27, 2020 with other young adults while making an
The NAD Youth and Young Adult Ministries department is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Pathfinder Bible
It’s often thought that all we do is play at camp all the time, and while that is sort of true, we do our absolute best to
Greetings Adventurers! We are looking forward to another year of fun, learning, and sharing Jesus with our
Toolbox for Club Ministry is a leadership development conference held at Andrews University, which is focused on
Tickets for the April 11, 2020, Andrews University Easter Passion Play are available! Get your tickets here
January's outreach activity the the Green Bay Pioneer Pathfinders was making fleece blankets for hospice patients. They
On Sabbath February 1, 2020, many of our Wisconsin Pathfinder clubs participated in their area Pathfinder Bible Experience
Lake Union youth have the opportunity to secure up to $50,000 in funds for local evangelism at the Feb 14-16 Lake Union
We took a bit of a break over the holidays, but enjoyed our regular meetings in January. On January 15, the Pioneers
It may be never ending clouds, salt on the road, and snow right now, but the sun will be shining soon! With that sunshine,
Monroe Messenger Pathfinder Club and the Monroe Adventurers collected and delivered 400 pounds of donated food to
Recently the Green Bay Pioneer Pathfinder club delivered food baskets to needy families in their community.
The Pathfinder Winter Retreat has been rescheduled for the weekend of February 7-9, 2020 at Camp Wakonda. The previous
Brrrr! I think Winter decided to show up this last week! With lots of snow and clouds around, it makes me
On November 6, the Green Bay Pioneers went door to door, collecting canned goods and other food items for
Sabbath morning, November 23, 2019, Pastor Eric Chavez was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The service was held at
Camp Wakonda would like to thank the thoughtful donors who gave camp the gift of a minivan!!! The couple who donated the van said
Cruise With A Mission provides young adults from all walks of life opportunities to authentically connect with
Green Bay Pioneer Pathfinders have been working hard moving wood from a barn to a shed. This will bring easier access
Check out these great youth resources! A week at summer camp, a winter ski retreat, and the 2020 youth calendar
The camping outing occurred the weekend of September 6-8 at Ottawa Lake. The original plan was for 18 campers
The book of James tells us that we do not have things because we do not ask, and if there is one thing I have learned, it is that the Bible is right. We serve a God who
Watch this video presentation introducing Cross-Connect, the third in a series videos focusing on the four initiatives in pursuing the goals and mission
The annual Children's Leadership Conference (October 12) and Pathfinder Leadership Training (October 11-12)
Several months ago, Kiana Roat, last year's Principal of Green Bay Adventist Junior Academy, approached me (Becky Zeismer) about
Wisconsin Conference members and Camp Wakonda staff played an integral part in helping International Pathfinder Camporee
Did you see it? I don’t think I did? Are you sure you saw it? What is “It” you ask… Summer! I think it was just here, and kids
The Wisconsin Academy booth at the Oshkosh International Pathfinder Camporee offered the Maple Sugar honor
The Oshkosh Camporee is one of the most exciting youth events in the world! Wisconsin Pathfinders, along with about
Five Wisconsin Pathfinder leaders were invested as Master Guides during Sabbath School at the Oshkosh
Several more Wisconsin Pathfinders decided they wanted to be baptized during the Oshkosh International Pathfinder Camporee. Some were baptized by Pastor Evelio Miranda
On Friday, August 16, Wisconsin Pathfinders loaded 600 ACS flood and fire disaster buckets into a truck in 17 minutes! These five-gallon
The Lake Union made coordinating Pathfinder t-shirts of the same light-blue color and design, but with the different conference names across the front. Thursday
Lake Union Health Director, Randy Griffin, helped organize a health clinic in Oshkosh as part of the outreach activities for the
Twelve Wisconsin young people chose to give their lives to Jesus and be baptized on Wednesday evening, August 14, 2019, at Oshkosh International Pathfinder Camporee
Seven hundred hours. That's how long it took Rebekah Helsius to paint this signage for the space our Lake Union Pathfinder clubs will call home next week. She
Rebekah Helsius knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue art asa profession. “I didn’t know where that was going to lead. But I did know God would
Join Institute of World Missions trainers Ronald Kuhn and Alex Ott as they share experiences from the mission field and help prepare us
Why start an Adventure Club? Isn’t life busy enough for my kids and I? Sara Mertins, Adventurer Club leader for the Watertown
What a ride! Tween campers at Camp Wakonda hanging on for dear life. To see what spaces are still open for
Earn your Maple Sugar Honor this summer at the Wisconsin Academy booth in the Education Hanger at the International Pathfinder Camporee at Oshkosh!
We have officially begun Equine Camp for our first year! So far our 10 young ladies who registered are off to
May 17-19, 2019: Pathfinder Clubs from all over the Wisconsin Conference gathered at Camp Wakonda for the yearly
Camp Wakonda is excited to serve you for another Camp Meeting Season! It is well known that the "Camp Store" has had several different
The Monroe Trailblazers, Madison Mustangs, and Milwaukee Panthers all proceeded to the PBE Division Finals!
When I first attended Camp Wakonda as a tween camper, it was my first time going to a camp for a week. I remember all of the emotions running
Summer camp is soon approaching and we are excited! Our theme this year is "Confident in Christ!"