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]

  • Ellen G. White – a woman of remarkable spiritual gifts who lived most of her life during the nineteenth century (1827-1915), yet through her writings she is still making a revolutionary impact on millions of people around the world. During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books; but today, including compilations from her 50,000 pages of manuscript, more than 100 titles are available in English. She is the most translated woman writer in the entire history of literature, and the most translated American author of either gender. Her writings cover a broad range of subjects, including religion, education, social relationships, evangelism, prophecy, publishing, nutrition, and management. Her life-changing masterpiece on successful Christian living, Steps to Christ, has been published in more than 140 languages.[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.
  • Roger Morneau – author on faith and prayer
  • 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]

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]
  • Kasey Chambers(former) - Australian Country Singer. Left church in 80s because her family did not support the Investigative Judgment doctrine.
  • Fred Cline - film and television animation artist[14]
  • Jerome FontamillasFilipino American musician[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • Wayne Hooper - Musical Director for "Voice of Prophecy" radio program, composer, baritone.[17]
  • The Isley Brothers – Grammy Award winning American musical group consisting of brothers Ron and Ernie Isley.[18]
  • IYAZ – R&B Singer, Rapper and songwriter - 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.[19]
  • Brian McKnight – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, radio host and 2009 Celebrity Apprentice contestant
  • Vernon Nye - b. 1915, Artist, Art Professor.[20]
  • 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
  • Kevin Olusola - Cellist and beatboxer, member of Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix.[21]
  • 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.
  • 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




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

  • J. N. Andrews – Early missionary for the church and former President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Often considered first Adventist scholar
  • Nelson H. Barbour – Millerite pastor
  • Joseph Bates – A founder of the church. Wrote a tract on the seventh-day Sabbath which convinced James and Ellen White to start observing it
  • 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
  • Uriah Smith – Editor and author of Daniel and the Revelation and other works
  • Jonas Wendell – Millerite evangelist
  • 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

See also Category:Adventism.

Politics and government[edit]

Ben Carson is a major Republican candidate for president in 2016.

For former United States Adventist politicians see "The Political Graveyard" website.[43]

Science, health and engineering[edit]

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


Theologians, ministers and personalities[edit]

War and peace[edit]


Former members[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Quoted in Dwyer, Bonnie (Fall 2007). "Kathy Jones". Spectrum (Roseville, California: Adventist Forums) 35 (4): 2. ISSN 0890-0264.  See his article "When Adventists Riot!" in the same issue
  4. ^ Davis, Brangien. "2010 Spotlight Award: Cherie Priest". Seattle Magazine. Retrieved February 23, 2012. Born in Florida, Priest grew up with a penchant for horror and fantasy stories—perhaps because her mother, a Seventh-day Adventist, promised that the Second Coming could happen any minute. 
  5. ^ Priest, Cherie (September 27, 2005). "Damn". Retrieved February 23, 2012. Since those halcyon days of yore, I’ve more or less left the church and gone my own way 
  6. ^ Spectrum 35:4 (Fall 2007). See his article "My Brothers and My Sisters" in that issue
  7. ^ Mark Moring, "DeVon Franklin Keeps the Faith in Hollywood". Christianity Today September 2011
  8. ^ "Oprah Winfrey learns Sabbath is actually on Saturday from Adventist movie executive". A Sabbath Blog. August 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fishell, Randy (2012-11-15). "Half-Man Goes to Church". Guide Magazine. 
  10. ^ "God Isn’t Crazy" by Tania Calais. Signs of the Times
  11. ^ "Reaching the Unreached by Sebastian Tirtirau and Dan Serb" by Sebastian Tirtirau. Michael Kunz's YouTube Channel
  12. ^ See also Spectrum Summer 2001 for an interview
  13. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Joyce Bryant - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
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  15. ^ "We need more music that is passionate and meaningful and honest." (Press release). 
  16. ^ "Adventist Review: Sermons on the Wall". Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  17. ^ "Wayne Hooper Dies at Age 86". Voice of Prophecy. 
  18. ^ "The Religious Affiliation of the 100 Greatest Rock Musicians" from Accessed 2009-09-14
  19. ^ Quoted in Rogers, Wendi (13 December 2005). "Culture: 'Have Yourself a Blessed Little Christmas,' Composer Hugh Martin and Singer Del Delker Recollect". Adventist News Network (Adventist News Network). Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  20. ^ "California Watercolors 1850-1970" ©2002 Hillcrest Press, Inc.
  21. ^ "[2] Pentatonix: 'The Sing-Off' Champs Release Debut Album".
  22. ^ "Wintley Phipps". Adventist Review. 1998-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  23. ^ "The Religious Affiliation of Pop Singer Prince" from, accessed 2009-09-14. Sean O'Hagan, "Royal Blush". The Observer, 4th April 2004
  24. ^ "HOT GALLERY: These Musicians Found Religion—Some of Them Will Surprise You!" from Accessed 2012-08-19
  25. ^ "Little Richard", in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee description
  26. ^ "Little Richard: Rock and Roll Star, Adventist Minister?" by Jared Wright. Spectrum blog 9 September 2009
  27. ^ "The Religious Affiliation of Rock and Roll Star Little Richard" from Accessed 2009-09-14
  28. ^ W. Ray Ricketts. "College and University Dialogue". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  29. ^ "Taking Care of Women and Children". Spectrum Magazine. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  30. ^ "Judicial Profiles".
  31. ^ "Adventist elected judge of international criminal court" (Press release). Adventist News Network. 
  32. ^ 2014 Birthday Honours#Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  33. ^ Lechleitner, Elizabeth (2009-01-13). "Adventist church official named Jamaica's new governor general". Adventist News Network. 
  34. ^ "Candidate Profile from Congressional Quarterly: Roscoe G. Bartlett (R) of Frederick". CNN. 1998. 
  35. ^ "He Said No to Her Majesty". Adventist Review. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  36. ^ "New York State Assembly - Member Section". 1972-01-25. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  37. ^ "New York Adventist Key to Marriage Equality Victory". Spectrum Magazine. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  38. ^ "Phetsile Kholekile Dlamini: Dialogue with the Swaziland Minister for Health and Social Welfare". Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  39. ^ "Senator Floyd Morris 21st century man - Sunday | September 21, 2003". Jamaica Gleaner. 2003-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  40. ^ Tarpening, Rich (2012-11-09). "Democrat Raul Ruiz Wins 36th Congressional Seat". 
  41. ^ "Desley Scott: a pollie for good" by Faith Williams. Signs of the Times (Australian version) 120:8 (August 2005), p7–9
  42. ^ "Ambassador's Profile". 2015-09-19. 
  43. ^ "Seventh-Day Adventist Politicians" at The Political Graveyard
  44. ^ "Leonard Bailey, world-renowned heart surgeon, remembers with fondness a tiny baby named Fae", Loma Linda University Medical Center News. "Baby Fae: The Unlearned Lesson" by Kenneth P. Stoller
  45. ^ "Tommy John surgery pioneer Frank Jobe's Hall of Fame life | News". July 22, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
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  51. ^ Quoted in Bernstein, Adam (March 26, 2006). "Lauded Conscientious Objector Desmond T. Doss Sr.". The Washington Post (The Washington Post). Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  52. ^ Quoted in Hills, Waring (September 20, 2010). "The First Conscientious Objector Medal of Honor Recipient". ( Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
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  54. ^ "The Bounty and the Bible". Adventist World. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  55. ^ "Pitcairn Islands Study Centre at Pacific Union College". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  56. ^ "Biofeedback: Jack Staddon Pursues MD/PHD". Andrews University. 2004. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  57. ^ "Geography Champ From One-room Schoolhouse". 1989-05-20. 
  58. ^ "Won National Geography Award". Archived from the original on 2000-12-03. 
  59. ^ "The Freedom Fighter a Nation Nearly Forgot" by Carol Morello. Adventist Review (February 1, 2001). Reprinted from The Washington Post, 2000. See also "Irene Morgan" blog by Jeff Crocombe, November 6, 2006
  60. ^ In particular, Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit, p6 mentions they were married in the Adventist Church
  61. ^ "Psychotheraphy and Possession" by Harrison S. Evans, a review of Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1973). Spectrum 6:1–2 (Winter–Spring 1974), p100–102
  62. ^ Dennis Hokama, "Former Rwandan Seventh-day Adventist Minister to be Extradited for War Crimes Trial". Adventist Today 8:2 (March–April 2000)

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