The Seventh-day Adventist® Church was born out of the Millerite movement of the 1840s when thousands of Christians searched for greater understanding of biblical prophecy. Among these believers was a group in New England that rediscovered the seventh-day Sabbath. They chose the name "Seventh-day" which refers to the biblical Sabbath, Saturday, ordained by God at Creation. "Adventist" means we’re looking for the return of Jesus Christ.
In 1863, the new Sabbath keepers officially organized into a denomination with 3,500 members worshipping in 125 churches.
They soon began sharing their faith outside of North America, first Switzerland in 1874, then in Russia, Ghana, South Africa, Argentina, and Japan.
Today, as one of the fastest growing Christian Protestant churches, 14 million baptized Seventh-day Adventist members live in 204 countries of the world. This includes more than 1 million in North America.
Mountain View Conference History
Taken from the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Commentary Reference Series
History and Development of Seventh-day Adventist Work. Beginnings. SDA teachings appear to have entered West Virginia first through publications. About 1879, at the request of J.R.S. Mowrey, of Virginia, Mrs. Isaac Sanborn sent Signs of the Times to a few people at Rockport, Wood County, West Virginia. When word came that several were observing the Sabbath and wished to hear preaching, Isaac Sanborn, an evangelist working in Virginia, went and held meetings about on mile from Rockport near the end of 1879, and in February 1880 he organized a group of 16 converts.
What Seventh-day Adventists Believe
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father’s will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything - the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us - is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him...... MORE