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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

Seventh Day Adventist

Adventist, Evangelical

Date Founded:  1863

Membership/Number of Clergy:   (USA) 1,117,816/3,417 as of 2013

Headquarters:  12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Affiliated Colleges/Universities:  Adventist University of Health Sciences, Andrews University, Kettering College, La Sierra University, Loma Linda University, Oakwood University, Pacific Union College, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, Union College, Walla Walla University

Seminaries: Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary



Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo

Core Beliefs: Adherents agree with most other protestant basic Christian beliefs. For a complete list see the 28 Fundamental Beliefs. They avoid the foods identified as "unclean" in the Bible and do not use alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.  Divorce, except for cases of sexual unfaithfulness, is not permitted. Most notably, Christ's second coming is literal, personal, visible, worldwide, and imminent. The exact timing of that event is not known, so believers are advised to be ready at all times.

Short History:  They arose during the Great Awakening in the Northeastern US in the early 1830s.  The second coming of Christ was expected on October 22, 1844.  When this did not occur, many believers left the faith or found other groups to join.  A core group of what later became the current day Seventh-day Adventists studied the bible, prayed, and were led by the prophecies of one of their leaders Ellen White. White determined that the the original date of the second coming had been correct, but was actually the beginning of Christ's second period of Atonement. When this period ends he will come again. The church was officially formed at a meeting in held in 1863.

Local Churches close to LPTS campus: 

Louisville First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2988 Newburg Rd., Louisville KY 40205-2710

Magazine Street SDA Church, 1942 Magazine St, Louisville KY 40203-3560

Note: Seventh-Day Adventist congregations hold sabbath on Saturdays!

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