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Seventh-day Adventist Church

James and Ellen G. White, founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church (abbreviated "Adventist") is a Protestant Christian denomination which is distinguished mainly by its observance of Saturday, the "seventh day" of the week, as the Sabbath. The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the middle part of the 19th century and was formally established in 1863. Among its founders was Ellen G. White, who is considered a prophet and whose numerous writings are still held in high regard by the church today.

Much of the theology of the contemporary Seventh-day Adventist Church corresponds to key evangelical teachings such as the Trinity and the infallibility of Scripture. Distinctive teachings include its Great Controversy theme, the unconscious state of the dead, and the doctrine of an investigative judgment that began in 1844. The church is also known for its emphasis on diet and health, for its promotion of religious liberty, and for its culturally conservative principles.

The world church is governed by a General Conference, with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences, and local conferences. It currently has a worldwide membership of over 17 million people, has a missionary presence in over 200 countries and is ethnically and culturally diverse. The church operates numerous schools, hospitals and publishing houses worldwide, as well as a prominent humanitarian aid organization known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

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Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) is one of the flagship high schools or "academies" of Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States. It is located in New Market, Virginia and is a co-educational, boarding, high school. SVA offers both boarding and day school programs and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools. It is a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education. It is known for its strong athletic and fine arts program as well as the number of its graduates who move on to highly selective schools.


In 1905 while on his death bed, Charles D. Zirkle donated 45 acres of his property to the Virginia Conference to build a school. In 1907, construction began on the main building of what was known as New Market Academy. The first students enrolled in 1908. In January 1908 New Market Academy assumed its current name, Shenandoah Valley Academy. The name was changed because New Market Academy duplicated an old private school in New Market, ironically, the new name was shared with another, now defunct, military school in Winchester, Virginia. In 1911 SVA graduated its first four students. SVA attracts students primarily from Virginia and Maryland but students attend from across the United States to New York, Florida, or California and across national borders from places such as South Korea, Angola, the United Kingdom, and South America. By the time of its centennial in 2008 SVA had graduated over 6,000 students. During the 2009-2010 school year, SVA had an enrollment of two hundred and forty four students.

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James Springer White, husband of Ellen G. White and cofounder of the church

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Official portrait of Roscoe Bartlett

Roscoe Gardner Bartlett,(born June 3, 1926) is a professor and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 6th district of Maryland since 1993.

Bartlett was born in Moreland, Kentucky to Martha Minnick and Roscoe Gardner Bartlett. He completed his early education in a one-room schoolhouse. He attended the Columbia Union College, a college affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and graduated in 1947 with a B.S. in theology and biology and a minor in chemistry. He had intended to be a minister, but having received his bachelor's degree at 21, some considered him too young for the ministry.

Afterwards, Bartlett attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studied anatomy, physiology, and zoology, earning a Master's degree in physiology in 1948. Bartlett was then hired as a faculty member at Maryland and taught anatomy, physiology and zoology while working towards his Ph.D. in physiology, which he earned in 1952. His academic career included lecturing at Loma Linda School of Medicine, also affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Loma Linda, California (1952–1954), and serving as an assistant professor at Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. (1954–1956).

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