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
Schools & Seminaries: 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, Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo
Core Beliefs: Agreement on many 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. Christ's second coming is literal, personal, visible, worldwide, and imminent. The exact timing of that event is not known, so believers are exhorted 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 became Seventh-day Adventists studied the bible, prayed, and were led by the prophecy of Ellen White to determine that the the date had been correct, but the Second Coming was really the entering of Christ's second period of Atonement. When that period ended he would come again. The church was official formed at a meeting in 1863.
Local Churches: Seventh-day Adventist churches observe the Sabbath on Saturday. There are a number of Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Louisville area. A reasonably close one is Louisville First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2988 Newburg Rd., Louisville KY 40205-2710. Use the Church Locator to find other congregations.