The Adventist Book Center (ABC) has grown over the years from one small store to a chain of more than 50 book centers. In Michigan we serve members at two main locations:
1. 5801 W. Michigan, Lansing, MI 48917 (1-800-UR-MY-ABC or 517 316-1502);
The Lansing store hours are:
Timothy R. Castañón is general manager of the Michigan Adventist Book Center, located in Lansing, Battle Creek, Berrien Springs, and Cicero, Indiana. He graduated from Davenport University in Kalamazoo, MI, in 1995 with a BBA in Accounting. His background has been diverse with experience driving local delivery trucks for a DME company, working in the construction trades, serving as the convention manager and finance manager for an international psychology trade association, and serving as the finance manager and sales manager for a small manufacturing company.
Tim replaced Gary Hillebert as general manager of the Michigan ABC in 2014, with Gary scaling back to ¾ time. He manages the ABC headquarters in Lansing, the Battle Creek satellite store located at the Tabernacle church community service center, and the Indian ABC located in Cicero, IN. The Michigan ABC also manages the Wisconsin and Illinois ABC operations on a limited basis. In Wisconsin, Michigan manages the ABC through the local Apple Valley store in Fall River, WI, and staffs the Wisconsin campmeeting bookstore. In Illinois, the Michigan ABC processes all of the periodicals, Sabbath School quarterlies, and ABC.com orders, and staffs the Illinois Campmeeting bookstore.
He and his wife, Sheri, have been married since 1990 and are blessed with two sons. Tim’s passion has been for youth ministries. Both he and his wife have been involved in Pathfinder Ministries on a local club level since 1991, taking a ten-year break to raise their eldest son, and coming back in 2009. In 2003 both he and his wife became involved with the Adventurer Ministries, again serving on a local level. In 2005 they accepted volunteer positions as Adventurer District leaders for the Michigan Conference Adventurer program.
Gary Hillebert is manager of the Michigan Adventist Book Centers, located in Berrien Springs. He graduated from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, MD, in 1973, and began his ministry as assistant treasurer in the New Jersey Conference immediately after graduation. In 1978 he continued ministry as manager of the Adventist Book Center serving the New Jersey Conference, and in 1984 moved to Michigan as manager of the Michigan ABC.
His initial responsibilities in the ABC centered in the Lansing store, but in 1991 he moved to Buchanan, MI, and assumed the management of the Berrien Springs ABC as well. In 1999 he opened a small satellite store in Battle Creek at the community service center at Battle Creek Tabernacle church, and in 2005 began management of the Indiana ABC located in Cicero, IN.
He and his wife, Karen, were married over 40 years, and enjoy the blessings of 1 married son and 2 grandsons.
As a resource center, the ABC works closely with each department in the conference office. Educational books for our schools are handled by the ABC. Bibles and study guides used in the Lay Bible Ministries program are ordered through the ABC. Many of the workshops and training seminars held around the state are supported with a display of materials set up by the ABC.
The Lansing store has partnered with the Personal Ministries Department to fulfill the BibleStudyOffer.com (BSO) orders. This unique ministry is the first of its kind, bundling promotional material, interest tracking cards, Bible study resources, certificates of completion, and more, in one convenient online resource: www.BibleStudyOffer.com. This resource is available nation-wide and is, for the time being, serviced exclusively by the Michigan Adventist Book Center in Lansing, Michigan.
The Berrien Springs store has a service for those looking for professional accompaniment CDs--it's a new burn-on-demand service. Come in the store and preview the accompaniment track/song you need. You can search by song title, artist name, and more. Purchase the CD you've chosen, and your burned CD will be ready in just minutes. You can also find and create personalized Kids CDs with the same system. Next time you're in Berrien Springs stop by and let us introduce you to this service. Audio books and selected music CDs are available also as burn-on-demand products.
Also, no matter where you live, there is now an Adventist Book Center at your fingertips.Adventistbookcenter.com is a secure e-commerce site where you can use your credit card to order hundreds of items, from classics such as a complete line of Spirit of Prophecy books, to the latest compact disc (CD) of your favorite musical group. Adventistbookcenter.com is the first on-line bookstore representing all the stores in the ABC chain. What’s more, this on-line ordering system uses the Berrien Springs ABC as a depot to fill your order. You can place a secure order on-line and benefit from direct shipment from the Michigan ABC-Berrien Springs, thus saving time and shipping costs. Some orders qualify for free shipping! It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s safe, and it’s convenient.
Adventistbookcenter.com also invites you to subscribe to its exclusive “E-mail Alert” service. Sign up to get updated information on new products the minute they come off the press. And you can do this with the assurance that your name and e-mail address will never be sold or given to anyone without your permission.