50th Anniversary Conference
October 24–27, 2007
SDA Theological Seminary
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Keynote Speakers

Herbert E. Douglass has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a teacher, editor, writer, administrator and pastor. He taught at Pacific Union College, Atlantic Union College and Weimar Institute. Douglass wrote for the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary series and worked as an associate editor of Review and Herald and a book editor and vice president for the Pacific Press. He holds a ThD degree from the Pacific School of Religion.

George R. Knight is professor emeritus of church history at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. His background includes time spent as a pastor and educator. Knight earned his EdD degree in 1976 from the University of Houston, and is one of the most prolific authors on Adventist history. In 2003, he edited the annotated re-publication of Questions on Doctrine (Andrews University Press) which has stirred renewed conversations on the book.

Angel Manuel Rodríguez is director of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, where he has served since 1992. He has also served as president of Antillian College and academic vice president of Southwestern Adventist University. Rodriguez holds a ThD degree in biblical theology from Andrews University. He is the author of several books and has a monthly column in Adventist World.


Roy Adams has been an associate editor of the Adventist Review since 1988. Previously, Adams served the Adventist church in the U. S. and the Philippines. He obtained a ThD degree from Andrews University. He has authored several books including The Sanctuary (Review and Herald, 1994) and The Nature of Christ (Review and Herald, 1994).

Larry Christoffel has served as administrative pastor of the Campus Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loma Linda, Calif., since 1986. He has also served as a pastor in Ohio and Georgia. Christoffel has published on issues relating to the evangelical identity of Adventism in Ministry and Adventist Today.

Donald Dayton is an independent scholar residing in Pasadena, Calif. He has taught at Drew University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University. His PhD degree was awarded by the University of Chicago. Dayton co-edited (with Robert K. Johnston), The Varieties of American Evangelicalism (InterVarsity, 1991).

Denis Fortin is dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, where he has taught in the Theology Department since 1994. His PhD degree comes from the University of Laval. He is the co-editor (with Jerry Moon) of the forthcoming Ellen White Encyclopedia.

Larry Kirkpatrick is pastor of the Mentone Adventist Church in southern California. Prior to his tenure at Mentone, he pastored churches in Nevada and Utah. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of the MDiv program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He serves as the webmaster for GreatControversy. org and publishes books on last generation theology.

David R. Larson is professor of religion at Loma Linda University where he has specialized in Christian ethics since 1974. Before that he was a pastor in southeastern California for four years. He holds a DMin degree from Claremont School of Theology and a PhD degree from Claremont Graduate University. Larson has written a number of articles and edited one book, Abortion: Ethical Issues and Options (LLU Center for Christian Bioethics, 1992).

Paul McGraw is associate professor of history at Pacific Union College. His research interests include marginal religious groups in American religious history. His doctoral dissertation, completed at George Washington University, is entitled "Born in Zion? The Margins of Fundamentalism and the Definition of Seventh-day Adventism." It focuses on the history of the Adventist church and the designation "cult."

John McVay is president of Walla Walla University. Prior to his current post, he served as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He has also taught at Pacific Union College and worked as a pastor in Iowa and Georgia. McVay received his PhD degree in New Testament from the University of Sheffield, England.

A. Leroy Moore is a retired minister, college teacher and pastor. Upon his retirement, he co-founded Lavoy Missionary College, a lay training center in Alberta, Canada (1995–2003). In 2005 he authored Questions on Doctrine Revisited (AB, 2005). Some of his other books include Theology in Crisis (Life Seminars, 1979) and Adventism in Conflict (Review and Herald, 1995).

Julius Nam is assistant professor of religion at Loma Linda University where he teaches courses on Adventist history & theology. Prior to his arrival at Loma Linda in 2006, he taught at Pacific Union College. His 2005 Andrews University dissertation, "Reactions to Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences and Questions on Doctrine, 1955–1971," served as a catalyst for this conference.

Arthur Patrick is senior honorary research fellow at Avondale College. He holds a DMin degree from Christian Theological Seminary and a PhD degree from University of Newcastle. He has pastored in New Zealand and the U.S. and taught at Avondale and La Sierra University. He also served as director of the Ellen G. White/ Adventist Research Centre for the South Pacific Division of SDA.

Jon Paulien is dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. Previously, he spent over two decades teaching New Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He received his PhD degree in New Testament from Andrews University. Prior to that, Paulien worked as a pastor in New York for several years.

Richard Rice is professor of theology and philosophy of religion at Loma Linda University. He received his PhD degree in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Rice has published numerous books including Believing, Behaving, Belonging: Finding New Love for the Church (Association of Adventist Forums, 2002).

Kenneth Samples is a senior research scholar at Reasons To Believe, a science-faith think tank based in Pasadena, Calif. He holds degrees in philosophy, social science, and theological studies. He also teaches a weekly class at Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, Calif. In the past, Samples has worked as senior research consultant with Christian Research Institute (founded by Walter Martin).

Nikolaus Satelmajer is editor of Ministry, published by the Ministerial Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He has served in a variety of pastoral and administrative posts in New York and Ontario, Canada. He earned his DMin degree from Andrews University.

Ciro Sepulveda is chair of the History Department at Oakwood College. His doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame is in Latin American history. He is currently doing research in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has written a biography of Ellen White published in Spanish.

Colin Standish is the founder and president of Hartland College. He obtained his PhD degree in psychology from the University of Sydney. Standish has served in a variety of academic and administrative posts at Avondale College, West Indies College, and Columbia Union College. He has authored and co-authored with his brother, Russell, numerous books on Christian theology and living.

Russell Standish is a physician living in Australia. He has served as missionary and hospital administrator in Southeast Asia as well as in his native Australia. Standish received his medical training at the University of Sydney. He is also the founder of Remnant Ministries and has authored and co-authored with his brother, Colin, numerous books on Christian theology and living.

Alberto R. Timm is professor of historical theology at Brazil University Center—Engenheiro Coelho Campus and director of the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center. He completed his PhD degree in Adventist Studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He has produced numerous scholarly works on Adventist history and theology.

Mervyn Warren is provost and senior vice president of Oakwood College. Prior to his current position, he held various administrative posts at Oakwood, including chair of the Religion Department. He holds a PhD from Michigan State University and a DMin from Vanderbilt University. Warren has written several books, including King Came Preaching: The Pulpit Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (InterVarsity, 2001).

Woodrow W. Whidden is professor of systematic and historical theology at the Adventist International Institute for Advanced Studies. Prior to his current appointment he taught in the Religion Department at Andrews University (1990–2006). He holds a PhD degree in historical theology from Drew University. His books include Ellen White on Salvation (Review and Herald, 1995) and Ellen White on the Humanity of Christ (Review and Herald, 1997).