The Worldwide Church of Seventh-day Adventists


The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a global church with both worldwide influence and common mission and vision. As the administrative governing body, the General Conference has is an executive, tiered, and accountable organization that oversees more than 20 million Seventh-day Adventists across the globe.


The conference was formed in 1863.  The organization has a mandate to provide the spiritual and developmental plans for the world church. The current president is Ted N.C. Wilson, with a supporting staff of 400 people in the Silver Spring, Maryland head office.


Present in nearly every country in the world, the church is served through its administration of 13 world divisions and two attached fields.


The general structure of the church at large, or the “General Conference” is as follows:


  1. The Individual Members.
  2. The Church, consisting of its Members.
  3. The Conference, consisting of a number of local Churches in a given area.
  4. The Union Conference, consisting of a number of local Conferences.
  5. The Division, consisting of a number of Unions.
  6. The General Conference, consisting of all the Divisions in the world.


Kanisa Fellowship has been part of the Ontario Conference within the Canadian Union under the North American Division of the General Conference since 2003.

Take a video tour of the head office located in the United States