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Who are the Seventh-Day Adventists?

Seventh-day Adventists are a global family of Christians who hold the Bible as the ultimate authority. There are, however, a few distinguishing characteristics that set us apart from many other Christian denominations.  To read our 28 Fundamental Beliefs, click here.  To learn more about The Adventist Movement, click here.  

A Few Famous Seventh-day Adventists


Now, let’s look at a few core components of our collective identity, which can give you an idea of what it means to be a Seventh-day Adventist. 


A foundational belief for Adventists is also shared by the majority of Christians around the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of humanity, is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to Father except by [Him]” (John 14:6, NKJV). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16, 17, NKJV, emphasis added) It all started soon after the creation of our world. Adam and Eve were tempted and sinned.((Genesis 3)) Then we became a sin-infected race, bent toward temptation and selfishness. If our final outcomes were left to our own devices, we’d be doomed—for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a, ESV). But there’s more to that last verse. Yes, the wages of sin is death… “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (vs. 23b, ESV) In the New Testament, Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8, ESV). That’s right, salvation is a gift. Available by way of God’s grace. We’ve all sinned, so none of us can do anything by our own efforts to become worthy of salvation. However, God doesn’t want us lost forever. He loves us so much He sent His Son Jesus, as our substitute, to live a perfect life on earth as our example. Then Jesus bore the consequences of all humanity’s sins by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead 3 days later((Mark 9:31; Luke 9:22))—all so we could have the chance merely to choose to follow God. He died even for those who might not make that choice. Jesus’ death and resurrection make up the cornerstone for Seventh-day Adventists’ faith. Their drive to both study God’s Word and to incorporate that Word into their lives is in response to God’s ultimate love, as demonstrated on the Cross—anyone of us can be saved by grace just by accepting this Gift and following Him.


The Sabbath is a wonderful blessing God declared for the world right after He finished creating it. In essence, He gave everyone permission to stop what they’re doing and just enjoy the world He made, the life He made. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do not work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth … and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11). Throughout the Bible, God’s followers found the Sabbath to be a great time to get together for worship and study as well. There are many mentions of Jesus going to the synagogue on Sabbath, reading and studying with others in His earthly community. Today, the majority of Christians keep Sunday, the first day of the week, as the day selected to meet at church for worship. There have been many reasons given throughout history for this change. In the mid 1800s, however, a group of Christians felt compelled to get back into a rigorous study of Scripture during the Second Great Awakening in the United States (read more about this in the next section). During their studies they discovered several biblical truths of great importance that were hardly being practiced during the current time period. One of these truths was in upholding the original seventh-day Sabbath, as proposed in Genesis 2. As they searched the Scriptures, they found no evidence that the fourth commandment was to be altered in any way. Therefore they sought to keep the seventh day of each week holy, recognizing its benefit to their busy lives and their relationship with God. It wasn’t easy, since most of society’s calendar was structured to give preference to Sunday, setting up Saturday as another day for work. But honoring this commandment of God, and partaking in the blessings it was meant to provide to His children, remains a priority to this day. As you can tell by the name, “Seventh-day” Adventist, this emphasis on Sabbath rest is foundational, and holds great significance for Adventists and their history.


Who’s your best friend? Is it your old college roommate, or a buddy from high school? Maybe you’re close with your cousin or uncle, or someone you grew up with. Whoever they are, think about them for a minute. When you first met, did you tell them everything about yourself? Probably not. So, how did you get to know each other? Talking, calling, texting, telling stories, working on a project, playing games, etc. All of that can be clumped into “spending time together.” Because you spent loads of time together intentionally, it fits to call you friends. Is that also how it works with Jesus? Sure, you’ll spend time with Jesus differently than how you spend it with your “earthly” friend. It might even take some getting used to. But then it grows. You’ll talk—through prayer. You’ll learn stories—through the Bible. You’ll meet up at your favorite church. Soon you’ll become so close, you can’t wait to introduce him to your other friends. Adventists grow their relationship with Jesus by continually turning to the Bible, believing it’s the key to understanding His character. Since we can’t physically see Jesus or hug Him or laugh with Him, we go to the stories that tell us who He was and what He was like. Think about your great-grandparent. You may not have gotten the chance to meet them in your life, but maybe your parents or grandparents tell stories of them. Maybe anytime someone spills sauce at the dinner table they laugh and say, “Doesn’t that remind you of Grandma?” Her memory is alive through the stories of your family members. With Jesus it’s similar, but even better. He’s still here! He’s with us 24/7, no matter where we are. That’s what the Bible teaches us. It tells of His life, death, and resurrection. There are also many miraculous stories of his 33 years on earth (see Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Tucked into those stories are the reports and descriptions that help us really get to know Him. They show us His personality, His compassion, His priorities. And He also showed us the Father. The Bible records Jesus talking about how much the Father values our lives—how He notices when each little sparrow falls to the ground, yet we “are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31, NKJV). All throughout the Bible, even before Jesus’ earthly ministry, we read about God’s character and His will. We see how He lovingly created mankind. While he spoke everything else into existence, He got down in the dirt to trace out the human form (Genesis 2:7). We see how He gave chance after chance to His wayward people, even providing miracle after miracle to feed them (Exodus 16), lead them (Exodus 13), and help them escape their enemies (Exodus 14). Adventists uphold the Bible as their only source of beliefs, regarding this holy book as the authority in revealing an infinite God to finite, sinful beings.


Before the name “Seventh-day Adventist” was even a thought, a group of protestant Christians began gathering for Bible studies and tent meetings in the early-to-mid 1800s. At that time, in the United States, there was a religious climate of revival that later came to be known as the Second Great Awakening. While some took this newfound religious fervor to the extreme, others were reading the Bible for themselves again, rather than just listening to a sermon each weekend. One preacher named William Miller was also fervently studying Scripture and was spending time in the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation. He became convinced that the Second Coming of Jesus, which at the time many thought to be figurative, would be literal. His study on these prophecies continued, and he gained a substantial group of followers called “Millerites.” The more they learned about these prophecies and the ideal of a literal Second Coming, the more they began to think in literal, predictive terms. Eventually it was determined by the Millerites that Jesus would return to earth on October 22, 1844. He didn’t. Many were deeply disappointed, as you can imagine. Which is why that event, or non-event, is referred to as the “Great Disappointment.” But instead of losing all hope, most of the Millerite Christians dove back into the Bible. Where could they have gone wrong? What else did they need to consider? It was almost like a second revival. More and more people were studying, learning, and applying. And through their studies, many realized some of the things they were finding didn’t line up with the current traditions. While starting a new denomination was not the plan from the get-go, the more these Christians studied, the more they became convicted of truths that differentiated them from the churches they’d grown up in. Among these truths were the literal Second Coming of Jesus (though not the exact date!), the state of the dead, and the seventh-day Sabbath. The more they studied and shared, the more people became interested. This endeavor to get back to looking for answers in the Bible became the Advent Movement. Even more exciting things happened after the Advent Movement officially organized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There were always growing pains, but the flame of revival kept burning, making Adventism the global influence it is today.


The Bible is full of advice for living Christ-centered lives of love, justice, and mercy (Micah 6:8). It’s clear God cares how we conduct ourselves each day, and how we care for our minds and bodies. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8, 9, NKJV) “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20, NKJV). It makes sense. God wants to help us grow spiritually and in character—to “have life, and … have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV). But following God is not always easy. We live in a world driven by selfishness cloaked in prestige. Jesus even warned us that living principled lives for Him would be difficult. It would indeed “set us apart:” “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me first. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you” (John 15:18-19, CSB). Yikes. Hates us? That’s pretty strong language there. But you don’t need to worry that by living a principled life, the rest of the world will immediately start hating you for it. In fact, people might take notice and be encouraged by you. In that verse, however, Jesus is making the point that ultimately, the world doesn’t care about you—especially if your priorities are different. A certain phrase is popular in various movies, books and social media memes: “You see a person’s true colors when you are no longer beneficial to their life.” Jesus was warning us that sooner or later, the world’s true colors will show. And if God’s “principled people” are out doing good when the rest of the world is trying to get away with murder (literally or figuratively), they’re going to hate the people making them look bad. That’s why God seeks to elevate us from the rat race of the world. He calls us to be different, and for good reason. “Dear friends, I urge as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles [the world], so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day He visits” (1 Peter 2:11, 12, CSB, emphasis added). To oppose what the world values can be difficult, but God doesn’t send us out flying blind. He knows our pain. When Jesus lived on this earth, He personally endured each struggle we face (see Hebrews 2:18, 4:15). He understands and encourages us to push on under His guidance. And as a result, we bring glory to God. The good works we do out of love for God can make an impression on the world around us, rather than the world making an impression on us. Adventists have historically prioritized mission work, wanting to share this freedom, healing and hope with anyone and everyone. When we habitually strive to live a principled life, taking care of our minds and bodies as well as others, we also set ourselves apart from the values of the world. While this will inevitably cause tension, it also creates wonderful opportunities to demonstrate God’s love to those who are searching for it.


Today you can find Adventists in almost every country of the world. With over 20 million members and over 85,000 churches, 198 hospitals, over 8,000 schools around the world and 2 million students, this small but powerful grassroots movement grew miraculously fast, and is now a global church. And this Church is more than just churches. Because the Seventh-day Adventists’ active faith permeates every aspect of life, they want to take worship and mission work beyond the pews and out into the world.

William Little
Clayton & Madais



Head Elder

Head Maintenance

​Pastor William is married to Danniella from Argentina, a registered dietitian, and  they have two beautiful children.  He pastored Ridgetop and Cross Plains SDA Churches for 8+ years before pastoring Lexington church a year ago.  He was an interim pastor here at Lexington church 14 years ago and pastored Winchester and Richmond SDAs before he received his training at Andrews University Theological Seminary. They find it a honor to serve the Lord and share the good news of Jesus and His love in these last days before He returns.

Jerry our head Elder likes Sea-Dooing and paragliding. He is married to Doreen and they have one daughter.

Beth is a blessed mother of four, and a grandmother of two. She is the proverbial oil of this engine, making sure things go smoothly behind the scenes as a secretary. We are grateful to have her.

Clayton helps make sure the church property runs well, while Madais is the church treasurer. We are grateful to have them in our church family. They have one handsome boy for now :).

(859) 967-3027

Javier & Heidi

Pathfinder Directors

Andrei & Monalisa

Music Director

Head Deacon

Head Deaconess

Javier and Heidi are our courageous and passionate directors of the Pathfinders. We are grateful to have them. They are parents of four children, and are originally from Atlanta GA and Peru.

Andrei and Mona hailed from Spain and Romania, and they have two daughters. Andrei is the Music / Choir & Orchestra Director as well Head Deacon, while Mona is the Head Deaconess.

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Audio Visual Director


Adventurer Director

Health Ministry

Jim L.

Radio Ministry

Tim leads the AV team which encompasses everyone from the camera operators to audio and online streaming.

(859) 277-0093

Rebecca is a mother of three who loves raising chickens. She's in charge of the Adventurers as well as Health Ministry with Roberta Parker.

Jim is a man of many talents, from decades of HVAC and plumbing career, to AudioVisual and lately, managing the WXCN 99.7 FM, the Bible based Christian Radio, along with Mike Hurter.

Our Local
Church History


The Lexington Seventh-day Adventist Church had its beginnings in 1925.  It was not the first Adventist church in Lexington nor the surrounding areas. Four families in Lexington rented a church on High Street and planned evangelistic meetings to help spread the message of our soon returning Savior, Jesus Christ. 

The Adventist church grew and by 1935 had outgrown the rented building. A
church was purchased on Loudon Avenue while a grade school was established in the rear of the church. Membership continued to grow and a larger church was purchased in 1944. The adjacent John Hunt Morgan home was later purchased for the school. By 1960, the membership was again outgrowing its space. A 3-acre plot in a new subdivision on the outskirts Lexington was purchased in 1964 along with an adjacent lot for a parsonage. The new church, school, and parsonage were in operation by mid-1965.


While the spiritual message and beliefs of the church had never changed, the church had become very diversified in its membership. It now had members from all education levels, ethnicities, and many countries. Some of that was due to the growth at the University of Kentucky and health related systems in Lexington.

From the beginning, Lexington SDA had 25 head pastors, many of which
moved to larger areas of work such as Pastors John Bradshaw and Pavel Goia,
both of whom speak worldwide at present.

More Historical Details by Church Historian Charles Stone, written for church dedication, 2002.

The first Adventist church in Lexington was entitled First Seventh-day Adventist of Lexington and it was located on the southwest corner of 5'h and Upper Streets. When Suzanne Austin's grandmother, that is, Almeda Bibbs’ mother, was baptized in that church in 1916, it already had many members, possibly as many as 40. In the late 60’s, the church was sold, the Lima Drive church was built and the name was changed. The old building is still in use - as a day-care center. While we have not found credibly written earlier records, there have been many unrelated sources through the years that intimate that the first formally trained female African American physician in Lexington was a Seventh-day Adventist. That was in the 1890’s and early 1900. The historians at the Lima Drive Church will have to wrestle with those nuggets. This church's history is a bit newer. Nineteen twenty-five was a year Americans were teeming with optimism of the future. The economy was still gaining momentum in the middle of the industrial revolution and in the afterglow of WW1 (or aftermath, depending on one's intimacy with the war). Henry Ford was setting cars for the same price as a good team of horses and was paying the enormous sum of $5.00 per day to his assembly-line workers. One of the most discussed events in Lexington that year was the performance of the famous Curtis CN-4 biplane at the county fair. Affectionately called Jenny, daredevils at the county fair frightened the animals and older folks but awed and exhilarated the youth with their antics. Calvin Coolid e was president and of course, Will Rogers, the most read md popular columnist in America was telling the world what a wonderful job the president was doing - at doing nothing. It was that year, 1925, in which 4 Adventist families decided to organize a church under the care of the Kentucky Conference. They met in one of the member's home on Elm Tree Lane which is between 6* and 7* streets. Like most Adventist groups, one of the first things on the agenda for this small group, of course, was evangelism. They rented the Lutheran Church on High Street for a series of meeting conducted by Elders M.R. Garrett and Mitchell. The first pastor was E. J. Harris. Within a short time, membership had grown to the point that it became necessary to have a church building. In 1935 with a membership of 45, the church on Loudon Ave was purchased. Just recently, Jim Whitt's older sister visited our church and mentioned to me that she attended that church. Church school, even in those early days, was extremely important and was held in the back of the church. By 1944, the church membership had outgrown the little church and it was decided to purchase a larger facility. The First Church of Christ Scientists was moving so the Adventists purchased their old church at 210 North Broadway. This is the same building in which John Bradshaw. in 1997, held his first evangelistic series for Lexington. At that time, Jim Whitt and I both inspected the property for doorways into the past and independently found the baptistery painting still intact. It was a stream of water coming off the mountain in a beautiful coruscating waterfall. It disappeared momentarily and then reappeared, meandering lazily down and emptying right into the baptlstery. I was drawn to the water - just as I was in 1958 when I entered the real water at that same spot. 1 learned later that the painting had been done by a very talented artist in the church. At some point before moving into the North Broadway church, the school was relocated to a small house on Blue Grass Ave just off Bryan Station Road and remained there until the late 1950s when it was moved to the Charleton Morgan home adjacent to the North Broadway church. Many of the church functions expanded to the school facility which had more rooms than the church. But within about 4 years with a membership over 100, talks began about the need of a larger sanctuary. A new pastor, Ed Shafer, seemed to relish the notion of purchasing land and building a new sanctuaiy and school. So the goal was set and plans were laid. Many properties were considered before settling on an empty plot on Lane Allen Dr. which was purchased for $49K from the developers, Trapp and Pierce who developed all of the Gardenside area. The sale of the old church paid for the lot with $16,000 left over to use for the sanctuary and school. Pledges were made by 21 individuals for a total of $47,075. (That new two room school and beautiful church were built for less that $64,000!) A list of the pledges was then taken to the bank and used as collateral for a loan. The bank note reads as follows: “This note is secured by an assignment of pledges ter Lexington Seventh-day AdventistChurch as shown on the list attached hereto. In the principal sum of Forty-seven thousand Seventy five and no/100 ($47,075.00) Dollars. The maker of this note as collateral for the payment of said note hereby assigns and transfers said pledges to the Bank of Commerce, Lexington. Kentucky, pursuant to a resolution of its Board of directors held at its office in Nashville Tennessee.” In today's environment, I cannot imagine an institution loaning money based on pledges as collateral but in those days a person's pledge or word carried more trust than today. The note was issued August 23, 1965 and was paid in full on January 20, 1970. A dedication ceremony followed whereln the first elder, Erich Schmidt, the treasurer, Marie Lemon (Corie Stone's mother), and Kathy Stromberg burned the mortgage. The president of the General Conference. R. H. Pierson, gave the dedicatory sermon. The president of the Southern Union, H. H. Schmidt, gave the dedicatory prayer. The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference president, K. D. Johnson led in the dedication. (Elder Marley was Kentucky Tennessee Conference president when the building began.) Counting the first pastor, E. J. Harris, and our present pastor, Don Jehle, there have been 22 pastors over the 50 years of organization. In addition, we have had many pastoral interns or assistants including Eric B. Hare and Smuts van Rooyan. We have had many evangelistic series through the years being conducted by names like Barron and Turner, Hooper, Pierson. Cox, Detamore, Vanderman, Bradshaw, and just recently, Ringer. I have given you just a few snippets of history outlining how we jot from Elm Tree Lane to this spot on Lane Allen Rd. But I would be remiss to not mention some of the individuals who provided the dynamic forces that have brought us here. Without specific records, I cannot highlight those prior to 1950. But I want to mention the ones I recall who strong leadershipand skills in ftind raising and building. And there are some who mostly strong spiritual leadership through difficult times and decisions. Dr. Lloyd Larsen (kept the focus on the project at hand and planned the fundraising for the Morgan House as well as new church at Lane Allen). Pastor Ed Shafer (had the passion for building and instilled in members the desire to move forward). Dr. Ross Stromberg (the building committee chairman and first elder. Could talk tough when needed and make difficult decisions - an exemplary leader. One the flrst Sabbath in that new church. he announced that he did not want to hear any complaints about colors — after all, not everyone could be satisfied. He had not liked the color the pastor had tised at the front of the sanctuary so he repainted it.) Kathy Slromberg (the treasurer through project) Pastor (and builder) Merle Landis (came in time to use his building talents, not only on the new church next door but for the new Richmond Church and parsonage as well). Erich and Erna Schmidt (First Elder and skilled in practical matters; very spiritual. Erna had good business acumen as well as very spiritual.) Volker and Christa Schmidt (Provided leadership in youth meetings or MV, including week-of-prayer; Both gave strong leadership.) Dr. Art and Judy Butterfield (Art gave leadership for the youth and was organist. Judy was perhaps the most successful lay person for reaching out to non-members. Many are here today as a result Judy's ministry.) Walter Towles as Treasurer (Years at the treasury and strong leader) Pastor (and builder) Rodney Grove (Two-room school expanded to four rooms, kitchen and large gymnasium in 1977-1979. He provided the leadership and skill to conduct this mostly built-by-members project.) Frank and Marie Lemon (Head Elder, exception SS teacher, good speaker. Marie was treasurer for years and during school expansion) Pastor Roger Mace provlded the administrative skills for major needed renovations in the old sanctuary in 1983. More recently on this building: Dr. David Parker served as Building committee chairman as well as first elder through the building of this new sanctuary. Richard Hambly kept a watchful eye over the treasury. Jim Johnson provided building expertise and coordination throughout the project. Last but most important of all, the most powerful force came from our Heavenly Father who, through the Spirit, has led us here. He had filled our pews with worshipers, Bible students and followers. He has filled our pockets with means to provide the programs, facilities and atmosphere in which each person can grow in a relationship with Jesus. Thus, this is not a monument to our history, to our leaders, present or past, but to our Great God, the One who empowers and enables His people, the One whu gives dreams to the dreamers, the One whose presence we crave, and the One we corporately bow to each Sabbath morning in this sanctuary. It is my prayer that He will now fill our hearts with more love for our neighbors and greater zeal to prepare a friend, a neighbor, even a stranger or enemy for His soon coming. Charles Stone, Historian 2003

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