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]

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 known for his religious paintings commissioned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Mormons; member of the Illustrators Hall of Fame
  • Herbert Blomstedt - conductor who does not rehearse on Saturdays due to his Adventist faith[13]
  • Joyce Bryant - actress and singer[14]
  • Busta Rhymes (former) - American rapper, producer and actor, raised in Brooklyn by Seventh-day Adventist Jamaican-immigrant parents; later converted to Islam[15]
  • Kasey Chambers (former) - Australian country singer; left the church in the 1980s because her family did not support the Investigative Judgment doctrine
  • Fred Cline - film and television animation artist[16]
  • Committed - winner of the second season of NBC's The Sing-Off, with members Dennis "DJ" Baptiste, Jr., Alain "Tommy" Gervais, Geston Pierre, Robert "Robbie" Pressley Jr., Maurice Staple and Theron "Therry" Thomas
  • Jerome Fontamillas - Filipino 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; "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[20]
  • IYAZ - R&B singer, rapper and songwriter; born Keidran Jones of the Virgin Islands; grew up in the church and still attends from time to time[citation needed]
  • Little Richard (former) - raised in the church; later became a preacher; attends the Ephesus Adventist church in Los Angeles and others; still considers himself an active Adventist still; has been reported as an ordained Adventist minister,[21] 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[22][23]
  • Hugh Martin - American theater and film composer[24]
  • Brian McKnight - Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, radio host and 2009 Celebrity Apprentice contestant
  • NOTA - winner of the first season of NBC's The Sing-Off
  • Vernon Nye (b. 1915) - artist, art professor[25]
  • Brandon October - South African pop singer-songwriter; rose to fame after being runner-up in the first season of the reality television show Idols; grew up in the Adventist church and regularly sang in church services in Johannesburg and Cape Town; member of a number of Christian music groups within the South African Adventist community, including No Compromise; he featured on their 2001 album Strange
  • Kevin Olusola - cellist and beatboxer, member of Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix[26]
  • Wintley Phipps - singer, songwriter, ordained pastor[27]
  • Prince (former) - raised in the church, later converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses[28]
  • 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
  • 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 was a Republican candidate for president in 2016 and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2017-present).

For former United States Adventist politicians see "The Political Graveyard" website.[45]

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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