Charles Norton Sanders

Louisiana Conference President, 1916-1920

His Early Years

Charles Norton “Charlie” Sanders was born on March 15, 1862, in Burlington, Michigan to Clarinda M Jones and Daniel B Sanders. His sister, Lillian, was two-years-old. Their brother, Roy, was born when Charlie was twelve years old (Ancestry, 2020). Charlie and his mother were the only ones in his family who accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message. Charlie attended Battle Creek College, working as a canvasser to help with expenses, and graduated in 1891 (GC Bulletin, 1941).

Years of Ministry

Charles began pastoring in the Michigan conference and served as the conference president from 1898-1899. He continued pastoring in the Michigan conference, the East Michigan conference, the Cumberland conference and the Indiana conference. In 1916, Elder Sanders was called to serve as the Louisiana conference president, where he served until 1920. He returned north and worked in Wisconsin and Michigan again.

His Retirement Years

Elder Sanders retired about 1939 and he and his wife moved to San Bernardino County in California. In 1941 at a testimony service, Elder Sanders stated, “I find my heart pained with the realization that not one of my father’s family except my dear mother, who has been dead thirty-five years, accepted this message” (GC Bulletin, 1941).


(1890, Jul. 22). Review and Herald, p. 461.

(1941, Jun. 10). A Morning Testimony Service. General Conference Bulletin, pp. 249, 251.

Ancestry Family Trees. (2020, Apr. 6). Charles Norton Sanders. Retrieved from