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African American Seventh-day Adventist Timeline
1990-Present
Compiled by Benjamin Baker


1990   

February 21: Natelkka Burrell dies.

July 5: George W. Brown is nominated General Conference president, but declines.

July 5-July 14: 55th General Conference Session, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 160,434

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,899

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 689

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $95,928,755

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 6,260,617

Global Church Membership (End of year): 6,694,880

1991

Adventist Health Systems is reorganized.

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphy is published.

The Seventh-day Diet by Chris Rucker and Jan Hoffman is published.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 160,434

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,899

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 689

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $95,928,755.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 6,694,880

Global Church Membership (End of year): 7,102,976

1992   

May 24: Eleanor Wright dies.

October 1: Delbert Baker becomes the first black associate secretary of the Ellen G. White Estate.

December 8: The Atlantic Union Executive Committee elects David Taylor to serve as president of Atlantic Union Conference.

Charles Bradford is inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers and Scholars at Morehouse College.

Think Big by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphy is published.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 165,909

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 8,292

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 700

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $86,006,001.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 7,102,976

Global Church Membership (End of year): 7,498,643

1993   

January: David Taylor begins as the first black president of Atlantic Union Conference.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 171,692

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 8,025

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 701

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $95,961,952.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 7,498,653

Global Church Membership (End of year): 7,962,210

1994

November 6: The Atlantic Union Executive Committee elects Theodore T. Jones, II, to serve as president of the Atlantic Union Conference.

The Power of a Dream by Wintley Phipps with Goldie Down is published.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 176,735

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,718

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 712

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $97,941,764.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 7,962,210

Global Church Membership (End of year): 8,382,558

1995

January: Theodore T. Jones, II, begins as president of the Atlantic Union Conference.

March-April: C.D. Brooks conducts his last evangelistic series as speaker-director of Breath of Life.

June 29-July 8: 56th General Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.

July 4: Baraka Muganda is elected director of the General Conference Youth Ministries Department, the first person of color to hold the position.

If My People Pray by Randy Maxwell is published.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 180,436

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,022

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 713

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $108,881,154.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 8,382,558

Global Church Membership (End of year): 8,812,555

1996

January 1: C.D. Brooks officially retires as a General Conference field secretary; starting in 1971, he is the longest individual to hold the position.

March: Telling the Story: An Anthology on the Development of the Black SDA Work by Delbert Baker, is published.

September: Delbert W. Baker becomes president of Oakwood University.

Oakwood! A Vision Splendid by Mervyn Warren is published.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 186,260

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,990

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 741

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $108,043,896.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 8,812,558

Global Church Membership (End of year): 9,296,127

1997

Spring: C.D. Brooks retires as the first speaker-director of Breath of Life Ministries. He is succeeded by Walter Pearson.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 190,836

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,657

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 766

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $114,835,782.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 9,296,127

Global Church Membership (End of year): 9,702,834

1998

January 11: Harold L. Lee is elected the first black president of Columbia Union Conference.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 194,678

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,767

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 777

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $133,200,923.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): $9,702,834

Global Church Membership (End of year): 10,163,414

1999

February 7: Upon Robert Folkenberg's official resignation, G. Ralph Thompson becomes the interim General Conference president.

Sabbath Roots by Charles Bradford is published.

Worldwide enrollment in Adventist schools surpasses one million.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 200,764

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,438

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 777

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $150,711,973.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $8,892,010,360.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 10,163,414

Global Church Membership (End of year): 10,939,182

2000

January 3: John Street, a black Seventh-day Adventist, is elected mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

June 29: Matthew Bediako is appointed secretary of the General Conference.

Robert Smith becomes the first black president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 206,716

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,133

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 780

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $152,934,747.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,093,239,507.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 10,939,182

Global Church Membership (End of year): 11,687,239

2001   

January 28: Calvin E. Moseley dies.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 211,221

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,838

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 820

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $159,889,408.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,120,268,583.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 11,687,239

Global Church Membership (End of year): 12,320,844

2002   

January 30: C. Dunbar Henri dies.

February 25: Don King becomes president of Atlantic Union Conference.

June: Dwain N. Esmond becomes the first black editor of Insight.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 215,485

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,179

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 823

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $159,324,238.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,161,698,944.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 12,320,844

Global Church Membership (End of year): 12,894,015

 

2003

June 27: Barry Black is elected the 62nd chaplain of the United States Senate, becoming the first person of color to hold the position.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 221,101

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,664

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 839

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $154,770,993.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,234,346,993.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 12,320,844

Global Church Membership (End of year): 13,406,554

2004   

April 29: E.C. Ward dies.

December: Gerald Penick is elected the first black president of Southeastern California Conference.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 224,286

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,465

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 860

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $166,283,623.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,333,482,562.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 13,406,554

Global Church Membership (End of year): 13,936,932

2005   

May: Crucial Moments: Twelve Defining Events in Black Adventist History by Benjamin Baker is published.

June 29-July 9: 58th General Conference Session is held in Saint Louis, Missouri.

July 3: Ella Louise Smith Simmons is elected a vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the first woman to hold the office and the highest ranking woman in the history of the church.

July 3: Rosa Banks is elected associate secretary of the General Conference, the first woman to hold the position.

July 5: Heather-Dawn Small is elected director of the General Conference Women's Ministries, the first person of color to hold the position.

November 21: The Anna Knight Memorial Nurses' Hostel is dedicated in Nuzvid, India.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 227,511

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 5,777

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 870

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $186,331,771.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,492,720,001.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 13,936,932

Global Church Membership (End of year): 14,399,072

2006   

February: Ricardo Graham is elected secretary of the Pacific Union Conference.

April 8: John Nixon preaches first sermon as senior pastor of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Caribbean Union College becomes University of the Southern Caribbean.

Ronald Brisé is elected to District 108 of the Florida House of Representatives.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 231,503

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,711

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 874

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $184,100,303.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,617,800,560.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 14,399,072

Global Church Membership (End of year): 15,115,806

2007

March: A Place Called Oakwood by Benjamin Baker is published.

August 10: Irene Kirkaldy-Morgan dies.

November 15: Ricardo Graham is elected president of Pacific Union Conference.

The Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center opens at Oakwood University.        

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 239,711

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,038

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 879

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $182,797,710.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,911,649,916.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 15,115,806

Global Church Membership (End of year): 15,660,347

2008

January 1: Oakwood College becomes Oakwood University.

January: Weymouth Spence becomes first black president of Columbia Union College, later Washington Adventist University.

Ben Carson receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 246,478

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,437

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 896

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $182,769,899.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,929,768,053.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 15,115,806

Global Church Membership (End of year): 15,921,408

2009   

June 11: Alma Blackmon dies.

June 17: Heather Knight is elected president of Pacific Union College, the first black or woman to hold the position.

August 30: E.E. Cleveland dies.

September 15: Heather Knight becomes first female and black to be president of Pacific Union College.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 251,371

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 9,682

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 900

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $196,030,300.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $1,891,325,291.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 15,921,408

Global Church Membership (End of year): 16,307,880

2010   

February 6: Harold D. Singleton dies.

February 23: Maurice T. Battle dies.

April 8: Charles E. Dudley dies.

June 10: James Graves, Jr., is elected to the United States Court of Appeals by President Barack Obama and confirmed on February 14, 2011, only the second African American to attain the distinction.

June 15: blacksdahistory.org, a website devoted to African American Seventh-day Adventist history, is launched by Benjamin Baker.

June 23-July 3: 59th General conference Session, Atlanta, Georgia.

June 27: Willie and Elaine Oliver are elected directors of the General Conference Family Ministries department, the first couple of color to hold the position.

July: Ronald A. Brisé is appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission by Governor Charlie Crist. Brisé was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term through January 2018. He served as Commission Chairman in 2012-2013.

August 16: Omerror Dawson dies at age 100 in her home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

August 30: Mary Inez Booth dies.

September: Dwain N. Esmond becomes the Review and Herald Publishing Association's Vice President for Editorial Services.

December 1: C.D. Brooks is elected a lifetime member of the Ellen G. White Estate Board, the first black to be thus honored.

December 14: Neal C. Wilson dies.         

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 255,113

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,642

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 906

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $200,053,253.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $2,037,618,294.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 16,307,880

Global Church Membership (End of year): 16,923,239

 

2011

January: Leslie N. Pollard becomes president of Oakwood University.

February 14: James Graves, Jr.'s election to the United States Court of Appeals is confirmed.

April 10-April 11: Spring Meeting in Huntsville, Alabama.

July 27: Frank Hale, Jr., dies.

September 8: Ron C. Smith is elected president of Southern Union Conference.

October 23: Andrew Holness is inaugurated Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 260,776

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 8,773

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 927

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $198,468,771.00

Global Church Tithes & Offering (End of year): $3,182,943,669.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 16,923,239

Global Church Membership (End of year): 17,479,890

2012

February 9: Alma Foggo York is killed by a vehicle while crossing a street in Huntsville, Alabama.

June: Carmela Monk-Crawford becomes the first female editor of Message.

June 18: DeVon Franklin appears on SuperSoul Sunday with host Oprah Winfrey and speaks on the merits of the seventh-day Sabbath.

August 14: Emerson Cooper dies.

September 13: Milton E. Nebblett dies.                  

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 268,808

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 8,500

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 937

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $206,716,548.00

Global Church Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $3,276,600,259.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year):17,479,890

Global Church Membership (End of year): 17,881,491

 

2013           

November 8: Ward D. Sumpter dies.

December: C.D.: The Man Behind the Message by Harold Lee with Benjamin Baker is published.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 275,965

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 7,950

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 936

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings: $195,903,821.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year):17,881,491

Global Church Membership (End of year): 18,143,745

2014

March 6: Celeste Ryan Blyden becomes vice president for strategic communication and public relations of the Columbia Union Conference, the first woman vice president of a union.

October 15: Oakwood University becomes a North American Division institution.

December 22: W. Augustus Cheatham dies.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 281,873

Regional Conferences Baptism (End of year): 6,354

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 925

Regional Conferences Tithes & Offerings (End of year): $194,614,290.00

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 17,881,491

Global Church Membership (End of year): 18,479,257

 

2015

April: Benjamin Baker becomes the Managing Editor of the Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists.

April 6: Stanley Hickerson discovers that early Sabbatarian Adventist minister Eri L. Barr was black; publishes results in Adventist Review Online.

May 4: Ben Carson officially anounces his candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

July 3: Juan Prestol-Puesan is elected treasurer of the General Conference, the first person of color to hold the position.

July 6: Israel Leito is reelected president of the Inter-America Division, thus holding the record for the longest serving division president at 21 years.

November 1: Milton Brown receives the annual Percy L. Julian Award for his work in new drug discovery and testing against molecular targets.

November 13: Lorenzo Paytee dies.

November 20: Delbert Baker becomes president of Adventist University of Africa, the first African American to hold the position.

December 9: Edward Woods, Jr., dies in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Regional Conferences Membership (End of year): 288,295

Regional Conferences Baptisms (End of year): 6,926

Regional Conferences Churches (End of year): 933

Global Church Tithes & Offerings (End of year):

Global Church Membership (Beginning of year): 18,479,257

Global Church Membership (End of year): 19,126,447

 

2016

February 20: Randolph P. Stafford dies.

March 4: Ben Carson officially ends his campaign for the presidency of the United States.

April 24: The Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture is inaugurated at Walla Walla University.

May 14: Earvin "Magic" Johnson attends Oakwood University Church and is presented the church's 2016 Humanitarian Award. While there he pledges to donate $550,000.00 to Oakwood.

September 2-4: Pine Forge Academy celebrates its 70th anniversary.

September 24: The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture opens in Washington, D.C. Several African American Adventists are featured in the museum.

October 25: Luther R. Palmer dies in Madison, Alabama.

November 12: Lloyd Henry becomes the first African American to be named an "Ironman Globe Finisher."

December 5: President-elect Donald J. Trump appoints Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson is the first Seventh-day Adventist to be appointed to a cabinet-level position in the United States government.

Global Church Membership (June 30): 19,578,942

2017

January 31: Georgia governor Nathan Deal today as a Superior Court judge of the Douglas Judicial Circuit in Douglas County, Georgia.

March 2: Ben Carson is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

May 27: William C. Scales, Jr., dies in Huntsville, Alablama.