Great Black Seventh-day Adventist Evangelists of Yesteryear

***Brief biographies in progress***

Charles Marshall Kinny (1855-1951)

The first black man to be ordained a Seventh-day Adventist minister (October 5, 1889), Kinny from 1878 to 1911 crisscrossed the United States colporteuring, doing Bible work, and establishing churches, and was the denomination's point person for the work among African Americans. Due to the horrific treatment of new black converts, Kinny was one of the first to suggest separate black conferences and churches; he was also the first to recommend to church leaders that the land in Huntsville, Alabama (on which Oakwood University was established) be purchased by the denomination for a school for blacks.


Alphonzo Barry (-1914)

In 1890 Barry established the second African American Seventh-day Adventist church, which was located in Louisville, Kentucky.


Sydney Scott (1874-1934)

Ordained to the ministry in 1898, Scott was a tireless field evangelist who raised up numerous churches in the Southern and Midwestern United States.


Matthew C. Strachan (1875-1951)

Strachan began his ministry in the 1890s as a teacher and minister with the Southern Missionary Society. For over four decades he was an evangelist and pastor in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and New York, the last in which he pastored Ephesus, at the time the largest black congregation in the United States.


L.C. Sheafe (1859-1938)


J. Crichlow

J.K. Humphrey

B.W. Abney

G.E. Peters

M.G. Nunez

W.D. Forde

J.H. Laurence

T.M. Rowe


O.A. Troy


W.W. Fordham

H.D. Singleton

C.E. Mosley

W.C. Scales, Jr.

G.H. Rainey

E.E. Cleveland

J.H. Wagner


E.C. Ward