Camp Meeting 2021

Camp Akita 

1684 Knox Road 1200 North
Gilson, IL 61436 


Wednesday, July 28 - Saturday, July 31


CLOSED on July 9, 2021

Proclaiming Jesus Passionately

Illinois Conference Family Camp Meeting at Camp Akita will be July 28–31, 2021. Our theme is “Proclaiming Jesus Passionately.” In the words of Jesus, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19. My desire is that all of us will strive to proclaim Jesus more, to share with others our testimony, our discovery that life with God works out better than life without Him. 

Our theme this year follows up on last year’s theme, “Knowing Jesus Intimately.” To proclaim Jesus passionately, we must know Jesus intimately. For Wednesday to Friday, the presentations will be made by some of our own Illinois Conference pastors. Our speaker for Friday night will be Elder John Grys, Illinois Conference Executive Secretary. Our Sabbath morning and evening speaker will be Illinois Conference President, Ron Aguilera.   

It is our prayer the Illinois Conference Family Camp Meeting will be a spiritual blessing to all and that we will experience Jesus intimately which will lead us to proclaim Jesus passionately. May we all say, “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8 KJV). 



Elder Ron Aguilera has been President of the Illinois Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for the past four years. Prior he served as the Executive Secretary for the Illinois Conference. Over his 35 years of ministry experience, he has been a senior pastor of a large multi-staff church, a pastor of a single church district, an associate pastor, a youth pastor, an academy teacher, an adjunct college teacher, and a Conference Associate Ministerial Director. Ron has been married to his wife, Lori, for 34 years. Lori is the Superintendent of Education for the Illinois Conference. They have two married daughters. Ron has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Southern Adventist University and a master's degree in Leadership and Administration from Austin Peay State University. His hobbies include reading, golfing, and traveling. Ron has visited over 60 countries around the world, but his greatest delight is spending time with family and sharing the Good News of Jesus with others.