Dakota Conference

Sharing the unchanging love of Jesus in a changing world.


Adventist churches were planted in Dakota Territory from the 1860s and as the work continued through the statehoods of North and South Dakota in the early 1900s, churches continued to be built in various locations. However, denominations which Adventist converts left were no longer amiable to allowing deceased Adventists to be buried in their cemeteries, so it became customary for each Adventist church to have a local burial plot. As demographic profiles have gradually changed from rural to urban, towns and churches have suffered; many Adventist churches have closed or moved to larger population areas. The associated cemeteries, whether currently beside a church or not, are part of the Dakota Conference heritage and should not be lost to memory. Listed below are some Adventist cemeteries. If you know of others, please contact Paulette Bullinger at the conference office, 701.751.6177.