Pioneers of Advent Movement

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"Repeat the words of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our work."  (RH 5/25/05)


God has given me light regarding our periodicals. What is it?-- He said that the dead are to speak. How?--Their works shall follow them. We are to repeat the words of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our work. They moved forward step by step under the influence of the Spirit of God. One by one these pioneers are passing away. The word given me is, Let that which these men have written in the past be reproduced. . . .-- Review and Herald, May 25, 1905

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       Adventist Pioneer Library  (audio)  -  29 pioneers  --   Adventist Pioneer Library - website

       Fred Bischoff's Videos about 28 Adventist Pioneers

      - Biographical Sketches of Adventist Pioneers -  Link is broken - March 2013
                               Biographical Sketches of Adventist Pioneers  

       Writings of Ellen White with the phrase:  pioneers of the church  (  )  - -  pioneers of SDA church

       Video - 3ABN Special on July 30, 2015  'Truth versus the Lie'  ( 2 hours )
                   Discussion with Fred Bischoff - Rico Hill - Jerad Thurmon

       Video -  Pathways of the Pioneers - Part 1

       Audio -  Audio Books by the Pioneers  -  -



      List of the Adventist Pioneers

  John N. Andrews   ( 1829 - 1883 )   Video     [ photo ]  

  Joseph Bates   ( 1792 - 1872 )    Biography   -  Video  -  Video2  - 
The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates, chapter 26.

  Stephen Belden

  Goodloe H. Bell

  John Byington   (Oct. 1798  -  Jan, 1887 )    Biography  -  Video 

  Merritt E. Cornell  ( 1827 - 1893 )   Video 

  Roswell Cotrell   ( 1814 - 1892 )    Video 

  O. R. L. Crosier   ( 1820 - 1913 )   Video 

  Hiram Edson   ( 1802  -  1882 )              Biography  -  Video        

  William Farnsworth  ( 1807 - 1888 )   Video

  J. B. Frisbie

  Aaron H. Hilliard     EGW received Health Reform Message at his home

  Leonard Hastings

  Stephen N. Haskell  (converted in 1852 )           Video      

  A. T. Jones   ( Alonzo T. Jones )  ( 1850 - 1923 )     Biography  -  Video  

                Articles and Sermons:   March 1893  ( GCDB 515 ) 
                Transcript:    He argues against Sunday Lay before US Senate - Dec. 1888

  Samuel H. Kime  

  Horatio S. Lay, MD

  Josiah Litch    ( 1809 - 1886 )   Video

  John N. Loughborough  ( 1832 - 1924 )   Video

  Dan Palmer

  Stephen Pierce  ( 1804 - 1883 )   Video

  Thomas M. Preble     ( 1810 - 1907 )      Biography

  William Warren Prescott   ( 1855 - 1944 )    Biography -  Video

  E. H. Root

  Uriah Smith  ( 1832 - 1903 )      Video         

              Best known for Daniel and the Revelation  ( 1897 edition in PDF format )  +  another format

              List of his publications:  on SDA Pillars

  E J Waggoner   ( 1855  -  1916 )    Video          

  J. H. Waggoner  ( 1820 - 1889 )   Video

  Frederick Wheeler         Described in Footprints of the Pioneers - page 113

  James White  ( 1821 - 1881 )    Video

  Henry White 

  Ellen G. White  ( 1827 to 1915 )   Video

More about the Pioneers
- -  Adventist Pioneers Gallery - - (Checked LINK in 2022 - found it broken)

Arthur G. Daniells (1858-1935): Longtime church worker and administrator, Daniells held several key denominational positions and was one of Seventh-day Adventism’s most dynamic leaders. He served as General Conference president from 1901-1921, holding that position longer than anyone else. { PCO ii.6 } 

Solon M. Jacobs (1846-1927): The first principal of the Oakwood School, Jacobs was a white man from Fontanelle, Iowa. Jacobs and his family arrived at Oakwood in 1896. The Jacobs’ were tireless workers, doing anything and everything possible to keep the school running. Jacobs stayed on as principal one year, then served as the farm foreman until 1902. { PCO ii.7 } 

Benjamin E. Nicola (1856-1943): Oakwood’s principal from 1899-1904, Nicola was the first principal to serve for longer than two years. (The two subsequent presidents would not stay longer than two years either.) The school made significant strides during his years in office, but he would receive reproving counsel from Mrs. White concerning his tenure. { PCO ii.8 } 
Fred R. Rogers
(1869-1920) Rogers served as Oakwood’s principal from 1904-1905. Before taking up his post at Oakwood, Rogers was a diligent worker in the Southern cause, serving as the superintendent of SDA mission schools in Mississippi, and working with James Edson White and his Morning Starboat crew. { PCO ii.9 } 

Note:   William Miller is not included because he did not accept the Sabbath or join the church

Early Work in New York - 1848 - 1850  
                                           Described in Chapter 12 of Footprints of the Pioneers
Sad SDA History - Three pioneers who left the church (Cantright, Beldon, Hull)
Dreams were also recorded by the pioneers
The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress, Loughborough,
pp. 314,315. (Elder Bates and Annie Smith have dreams).
Miracles in my Life, J. N. Loughborough, Ch. 11 "Pioneering in Petaluma".
(Mr. Wolff has a dream, opening the way for meetings in California)
William Miller's Dream - Early Writings, page 81   Video about William Miller


We are encouraged to read about the experiences of the Adventist Pioneers
History of our work
Article about the early missionaries sent to other countries  


    I'm sure there are many others.  This makes some fascinating reading! 
    You can find more on the latest CD from the White Estate? 
    EGW Estate - The "Words of the Pioneers" collection.      Some Spirit of Prophecy quotes about the pioneers

       Pioneers of the Church
      ++  Pioneers in the Advent message


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