List of Seventh-day Adventists

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This is a list of people who have been associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They are listed here, at least in part, for their faith or for their role in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It also includes members who left the church.


Writers, literature, linguists and authors[edit]

  • Beryl Subia - (Poet) African feminist poet who has written and performed at many events, her poetry has evoked vivid reactions from different quarters. Her works also include African political poetry. She is a communication expert who has her own Public Relations firm in Kenya.[2]
  • Ray Garton – horror novelist raised Adventist, who credits his interest in horror to a reaction to the beasts in Bible prophecy (see: Seventh-day Adventist eschatology)[3]
  • Arthur S. Maxwell - known as Uncle Arthur, author of the Bedtime Stories series, and The Bible Story set of books, among 112 books he is known to have written.
  • Christopher Mwashinga Author. He has published ten books in the area of theology, Adventist history, and practical Christianity.
  • Andrew Nelson – Missionary and linguist.
  • Cherie Priest – Former Seventh-day Adventist and an American novelist and blogger living in Seattle, Washington.[4][5]
  • Steven Spruill – novelist[6]
  • Roger Morneau – Missionary and theological author.

Movies, actors, television, and radio[edit]


Art and music[edit]

  • Harry Anderson – Prolific American illustrator whose early works were popular paintings illustrating short stories in magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Redbook. Later became well known for his religious paintings commissioned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Mormons. He is a member of the Illustrators Hall of Fame.
  • Herbert Blomstedt – Conductor who does not rehearse on Saturdays due to his Adventist faith.[12]
  • Joyce Bryant - actress and singer[13]
  • Amber Bullock – BET's Sunday Best champ and Music World Gospel artist. Raised Seventh-day Adventist. Attended Oakwood University [14]
  • Patty Cabrera – recording artist[15]
  • Bill Chambers – (former) - Australian Country and Western singer. Left church back in early 1980s after accepting Desmond Ford's view on the Heavenly Sanctuary[citation needed]
  • Fred Cline - film and television animation artist[16]
  • Kasey Chambers(former) - Australian Country Singer. Left church in 80s because her family did not support the Investigative Judgment doctrine.
  • Jerome FontamillasFilipino American musician[17]
  • Muma Gee - Nigerian pop singer-songwriter and actress residing in Port Harcourt.
  • Nathan Greene – Artist. His painting "Family of God" hangs prominently at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and the painting "Chief of the Medical Staff" hangs in Florida Hospital Orlando.[18]
  • Wayne Hooper - Musical Director for "Voice of Prophecy" radio program, composer, baritone.[19]
  • The Isley Brothers – Grammy Award winning American musical group consisting of brothers Ron and Ernie Isley.[2]
  • IYAZ – R&B Singer, Rapper and song writer - Born Keidran Jones of the Virgin Islands. Grew up in church and still goes from time to time.[citation needed]
  • Hugh Martin – American theater and film composer.[20]
  • Brian McKnight – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, radio host and 2009 Celebrity Apprentice contestant
  • Vernon Nye - b. 1915, Artist, Art Professor.[21]
  • Brandon October – A South African pop singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after being runner-up in the first season of the reality television show Idols. October grew up in the Adventist church and regularly sang in church services in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He was also a member of a number of Christian music groups within the Adventist community in South Africa, including No Compromise where he featured on their 2001 album Strange
  • Wintley Phipps – Singer and songwriter. He is also an ordained pastor.[22]
  • Prince(former) - raised in the church, later converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses[23]
  • Busta Rhymes(former) - American rapper, producer and actor, raised in Brooklyn by Seventh-day Adventist Jamaican-immigrant parents, he later converted to Islam.[24]
  • Little Richard(former) - raised in the church, later became a preacher, attends the Ephesus Adventist church in Los Angeles and others. He considers himself an active Adventist still. He has been reported as an ordained Adventist minister,[25] although the denomination has denied this, suggesting he may be ordained in another denomination, hence ordained and Adventist; rather than ordained as an Adventist minister[26][27]
  • Robert Edwin Seamount – Member of The King's Heralds quartet, Second Tenor 1941-1947, 1949-1961. Pastor 1961–1964 for churches in the San Juan Islands. Public Relations for Texas Conference 1969-1974.
  • Lyndon Johnston Taylor - Violinist, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony.
  • Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh - Soprano, Choral Conductor, artistic director for "Cantori Domino", film soundtrack recording artist.[28]
  • NOTA – Winner of NBC's "The Sing-Off" first season. The Sing-Off is an a cappella singing competition.
  • Committed – Winner of NBC's "The Sing-Off" second season, with members Dennis "DJ" Baptiste, Jr., Alain "Tommy" Gervais, Geston Pierre, Robert "Robbie" Pressley Jr., Maurice Staple and Theron "Therry" Thomas.
  • Virtue - Dove Award Winning, Gospel Recording Artists consists of sisters: Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin


  • Will Keith Kellogg – promoted breakfast cereals (particularly corn flakes), and started the Kellogg Company.
  • Garwin McNeilus – founder of McNeilus companies and the McNeilus concrete trucks, and the One-Day Church and One-Day Schools.[29][30]
  • Dale Twomley - Former president of Worthington Foods, Inc.
  • Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Australia[31]



This section includes Millerites (followers of William Miller) who did not necessarily become Seventh-day Adventist:

  • Nelson H. Barbour – Millerite pastor
  • Sylvester Bliss – Millerite pastor, editor of The Signs of the Times
  • Charles Fitch – Millerite evangelist
  • Joshua (Josiah) Himes – Millerite evangelist and promoter
  • William Miller – Founder of the Millerite movement from which Seventh-day Adventism and other groups emerged
  • T. M. Preble – Millerite pastor, early Sabbath supporter
  • Jonas Wendell – Millerite evangelist
  • J. N. Andrews – Early missionary for the church and former President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Often considered first Adventist scholar
  • Uriah Smith – Editor and author of Daniel and the Revelation and other works
  • Ellen G. White – A founder of the church who is considered by the denomination to have had the biblical gift of prophecy.
  • James White – A founder of the church and former President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Husband of Ellen White
  • Joseph Bates – Elder in the church. Wrote a tract on the seventh-day Sabbath which convinced James and Ellen White to start observing it

See also Category:Adventism.

Politics and government[edit]

There are two Adventist members in the 2011–2012 United States Congress[45] (apparently, Lee and Bartlett). For former United States Adventist politicians see "The Political Graveyard" website.[46]

Science, health and engineering[edit]

See also Category:Seventh-day Adventists in health science.


Theologians, ministers and personalities[edit]

See also the Seventh-day Adventist leaders, administrators and theologians categories.

War and peace[edit]


Former members[edit]

Individuals should be listed in this section only if they are prominent as ex-Adventists

See also Category:Former Seventh-day Adventists.

See also[edit]


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  66. ^ In particular, Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit, p6 mentions they were married in the Adventist Church
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