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Ellen G. White

ELLEN G. WHITE

This Christian pioneer is highly regarded for her extensive writings and is noted as one of the key founders of what is now the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

E. G. White was born in Maine in 1827 and died in the North Bay region of San Francisco in 1915.  Considered a leading figure in biblical prophecy, vegetarianism and education, White has been a strong advocate on key subjects on Christian life and lifestyle.

Ellen White was a fervent and prolific writer who authored more than 40 books and some 5,000 articles, published in more than 140 languages.  Most of her works are still in circulation and her book Steps to Christ has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.  According to her biographer, E. G. White is the most translated female non-fiction author in the history of literature, and the most translated American non-fiction author regardless of gender.  Smithsonian magazine named her among the “100 most significant Americans of all time” and religion historian Randall Herbert Balmer described her as one of the most colorful and important figures in the history of religion in America.

White came to know Christ at the tender age of 12 and credits a misfortune for her conversion.  Her family would soon join the Millerite Movement, and after “The Great Disappointment,” Ellen claimed to have received dreams and visions from God.  Along with her husband and others, they formed a movement that became the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Today, there are over 160,000 churches and satellites with membership of more than 22 million.  Additionally, the organization operates 211 hospitals and medical centers with more than 400 clinics, some 9,000 schools worldwide, and over 350,000 active employees and ordained ministers.

This trailblazing American woman was indeed a pioneer who promoted and advocated health and nutrition, creationism, publishing, biblical prophecy, evangelism, Christian living and the theology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  She helped to establish schools and medical centers all over the world including Andrews University in Michigan and Loma Linda University and Medical Center 

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