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About NARLA

To serve and worship God is a matter of conviction and choice. It is at the heart of our relationship with God. The North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) is the Seventh-day Adventist Church's member-driven organization dedicated to promoting liberty of conscience and freedom of religion, and combating religious intolerance at the local, state, and national levels.

The mission of NARLA is to champion the God-given principle of religious liberty through public education, media, legal services, legislative advocacy, and grassroots mobilization.

From the inception of our church, we Seventh-day Adventists Christians have been dedicated to free choice in matters of faith, religion, and conscience. As stated in the SDA Bible Commentary, we believe that "any use of force or persecution in matters of religion is a policy inspired by the devil, not by God."

In other words, we as a church united have determined to uphold Christ's example of free will!

Freedom Has Responsibilities

Serving God is a freewill choice, but increasingly we see manmade restraints that prevent people from acting on their conscience. Some nations have anti-conversion laws. It is simply illegal for citizens to change their own religion or share Christ with others. Other countries have insufficient protections for believers, and so individuals are not allowed to practice their faith publicly or are not protected when employers require them to work on their holy day.

That is where you and NARLA can help. It is our responsibility to ensure that the doors of freedom that are open stay open, and that we do all that we can to pry open the ones that are currently shut tight.

Please join with us in a commitment to Christ's example of individual liberty. Support NARLA and together we will hold open the doors to Christ's sacred gift of freedom!

Board of Directors:

  • Orlan Johnson, President

  • Lincoln Steed, Vice President

  • Melissa Reid, Executive Director

  • Mike Jamieson, Treasurer

  • Ken Denslow

  • Dwayne Leslie

  • Alan Reinach (NARLA-West)

  • Amireh Al-Haddad (NARLA-SU

  • Barbara Livesay (first year of two-year term)

  • Charles Eusey (first year of two-year term)

  • Todd McFarland (Legal Advisor)