Denton E. Rebok

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Denton Edward Rebok
Born (1897-01-01)January 1, 1897
United States
Died January 1, 1983(1983-01-01) (aged 86)
United States

Denton Edward Rebok (1897–1983) was a Seventh-day Adventist educator and administrator. Born in Pennsylvania, he served the denomination for 44 years. He spent 23 years as a missionary in China. While there he founded the China Training Institute, a junior college located in the town of Qiaotou in northern Jiangsu province, about 160 miles from Shanghai and 30 miles from Nanjing, in 1925. He taught at Washington Missionary College (today Washington Adventist University), La Sierra College (today La Sierra University), and was president of Southern Missionary College (today Southern Adventist University) and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.[1] He served briefly as chair of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees in 1952, and gave two presentations about Ellen G. White at the 1952 Bible Conference.[2] He authored Believe His Prophets, an apologetic for the prophetic gift of Ellen White.[3]


After his death, the Rebok estate provided a gift to the Seventh-day Adventist Church; 70% of which helped establish a library at the church's world headquarters and 30% to Adventist World Radio - Asia, for an endowment fund.[4]

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists' Rebok Memorial Library holds approximately 9,700 books, primarily from the 20th century although there are some earlier books. The Library has most Seventh-day Adventist publications in English from the United States and abroad as well as some Spanish-language publications.[5]


Herbert Ford, "For the Love of China: The Life Story of Denton E. Rebok" (Pacific Press, 1971).

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  1. ^ "Seventh-Day Adventist Seminary Has New Head". The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, Mass.: 3 September 7, 1943. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Froom, L. E. (October 1952). "Our earliest and latest Bible conferences." (PDF). The Ministry. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association. XXV (10): 4–7, 46, 47. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Delafield, D. A. (September 20, 1956). "Information About Ellen G. White and Her Books" (PDF). Review and Herald. Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association. 133 (38): 23, 24. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "255-87G Rebok estate gift to General Conference, Assignment". General Conference Committee Minutes Annual Council, 1987-10b, p. 87-519. General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. October 13, 1987. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  5. ^ "General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Rebok Memorial Library". Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Library of Congress. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
Preceded by
Milton E. Kern
Chairperson of the Ellen G. White Estate
Succeeded by
Albert Victor Olson
Preceded by
Milton E. Kern
Dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
1943 – 1951
Succeeded by
Vernon Edwards Hendershot