Kenneth H. Wood

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Kenneth H. Wood, Jr. (November 5, 1917 – May 25, 2008) was a Seventh-day Adventist minister, author, editor, and administrator. Since 1980 he served as chairman of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees. By virtue of this position he also served as an ex officio member of the General Conference Executive Committee.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Kenneth H. Wood, Jr. Childhood Home, Mission Compound, China

Kenneth H. Wood, Jr. was born on November 5, 1917 in Shanghai, China.[2] His parents had sailed for China, November 23, 1912, aboard the S.S. Nile.[3] Kenneth H. Wood, Sr. served as the Director of the Kiangsu Mission.[4] and then as Superintendent of the East China Union [5] and Manchurian Union.[6] The senior Woods lived in China for almost thirty years from 1912[3] to 1941[7]

Before the age of 15, Kenneth Jr. attended Far Eastern Academy in Shanghai.(Citation to be added)

In 1932, Kenneth, Jr. moved to the United States to further his education. (Citation to be added)

He graduated from Pacific Union College in 1938.

1938–1955, Pastoral years[edit]

1940. K. H. Wood, Jr. reported on an evangelistic campaign conducted at the Fresno, California 'Bible Auditorium.' [8] One of his earliest essays to be published was entitled, "A Message of Comfort." It appeared in the Review and Herald, February 29, 1940.[9] In early 1942. Kenneth Wood attended the Theological Seminary at Washington, D.C.[10] In the summer of that year, he was ordained at the West Virginia Camp Meeting at Parkersburg.[11] From there he served as a pastor in Charleston, West Virginia.[12]

1955–1966, Associate editor of the Review and Herald[edit]

In 1955 he became associate editor of the Review and Herald (now the Adventist Review). He served on the staff for 27 years; 16 as editor in chief, beginning in 1966 [13] after the death of Francis D. Nichol.

1966–1982, Editor of the Review and Herald[edit]

His editorship has been noted for its supportive stance toward the church in contrast to journals such as Spectrum that began to give a more critical perception of the church.[14] His last issue as editor was November 25, 1982.

It was under his editorship that the name of the Review and Herald changed to the Adventist Review. It was also under his editorship that the Review expanded from one edition in English to nine editions in four languages. Ten associate editors served with Wood: F. Donald Yost, Don F. Neufeld, Herbert E. Douglass, Thomas A. Davis, Joseph J. Battistone, Raymond F. Cottrell, Jack J. Blanco, Leo R. Van Dolson, William G. Johnsson, and George W. Reid. A significant development was the appointment of two women to the editorial staff: Jocelyn R. Fay (appointed in 1977) and Aileen Andres Sox (appointed in 1980).[15]

He is known for his support of the traditional views of Adventist theology including the post-fall human nature of Christ.[16]

1982–2008, Retirement years[edit]

He died on May 25, 2008 in Potomac, Maryland at the age of 90.[2]

Views on Last Generation Theology[edit]

Kenneth H. Wood along with Herbert Douglass published articles in what is now the Adventist Review supporting Last Generation Theology.[17] Kenneth Wood and his associate editors of the Review prepared a special issue setting forth sanctification as an article of righteousness by faith.[18]


  • Meditations for Moderns (Review and Herald, 1964)
  • His Initials Were F. D. N.: A Life Story Of Elder F. D. Nichol, For Twenty-One Years Editor Of The Review and Herald (with Mirriam Wood) (Review and Herald, 1967)
  • Short Essays on Relevant Religion (Review and Herald, 1972).

As chair of the Ellen G. White Estate board he has also participated in editing a number of Ellen G. White publications that have been published since 1980.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ General Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists. "Seventh-day Adventist Online Yearbook". Annual Council of the General Conference Committee; Silver Spring, Maryland, October 6–11, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ a b Former Adventist Review editor Wood dies at 90
  3. ^ a b Asiatic Division Outlook, December 1, 1912, p. 13
  4. ^ The Asiatic Division Outlook, June, 1914, p. 4; July, 1923, p.2
  5. ^ Year Book of the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination, 1929, p. 180
  6. ^ Year Book of the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination, 1938, p. 109
  7. ^ Review and Herald, March 12, 1942, p. 20
  8. ^ Review and Herald, April 25, 1940, p. 21
  9. ^ Review and Herald, February 29, 1940, p. 3
  10. ^ Pacific Union Record, March 25, 1942, p. 11
  11. ^ Review and Herald, October 8, 1942, p. 20
  12. ^ Columbia Union Visitor, October 8, 1942, p. 2
  13. ^ GENERAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. June 30, 1966, 10 A.M., p. 8
  14. ^ Malcolm Bull and Keith Lockhart (2006). Seeking a Sanctuary: Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream (2nd ed.). Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 323–324. ISBN 978-0-253-21868-1.
  15. ^ General Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists. "Adventist Review, Dec. 2, 1982". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
  16. ^ Bull, Malcolm & Keith Lochhart, 2006, Seeking a Sanctuary: Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream, pp.86
  17. ^ Douglass, Herbert (October 4, 1973). "Hastening the Harvest: Readings for the Week of Prayer, November 3–10. Sunday, November 4: Why Jesus Waits" (PDF). Review and Herald. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association. 150 (40): 5–8. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  18. ^ Kenneth Wood, et al., “Righteousness by Faith, Special Issue,” The Adventist Review, Volume 151, number 20, May 16, 1974 passim.

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Preceded by
Francis D. Nichol
Editor of the Adventist Review
Succeeded by
William G. Johnsson
Preceded by
William Paul Bradley
Chairperson of the Ellen G. White Estate
Succeeded by
Don Schneider