Our conviction and strong desire is to foster biblical, theological, and historical studies that strengthen the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s message and mission.

2024 Annual Meetings ATS Call for Papers

Theme: “Implications of Covenant Theology in the 21st Century” 

The Adventist Theological Society invites proposals for its annual meetings in San Diego, California, from Wednesday through Thursday (November 20-22, 2024) and Sabbath (November 23, 2024). This year’s theme is “Implications of Covenant Theology in the 21st Century,” although excellent papers on other topics will also be accepted.

JATS Seeks Authors

The Journal of the Adventist Theological Society (JATS) needs your help. The editors are currently seeking submissions of articles to complete upcoming issues of the journal. Have you published papers or articles you haven’t yet submitted? Please review the writers’ guidelines and complete the submission process. You can read about guidelines and submission requirements at https://www.atsjats.org/writers-guidelines.

ATS Members in Print


Richard Davidson explains the process of biblical exegesis in his article “Exegesis for Everyone.”






In “Faith-inspired Scientific Inquiry,” Leonard Brand answers three critical questions about biblical faith and science.






Do you seek to have conversations with others who follow different faith traditions? Boubakar Sanou shares nine points you can implement in “On the Path to Fruitful Interfaith Interactions.”





How can we be relevant to those in our circle of influence? Shawn Brace writes that we must be     “The Same, But Different.”






Clifford Goldstein describes what happens when attempts to harmonize Scripture with current narratives in “On (Not) Taking the Narrative Seriously.”





In “Keep, Give Away, or Discard,” Gerald and Chantal Klingbeil reflect on transitions and experiencing the process of retaining only the necessary in both our physical and spiritual lives.





Petras Bahadur writes that sharing hope, finding common ground, and conversing with others can be used when “Navigating the Complex Landscape of Global Relations.”






Garhett Morgan discusses how being open, vulnerable, and teachable can lead to mentorship and leadership growth in “Confessions of a Young Man.”






In “Reviving Dry Bones,” Sarah Gane Burton explores the breath of life, unity, and raising an army prepared for the days ahead.





We’ve all experienced reading a Bible text that seems difficult to explain. In “Dealing with Difficult Bible Texts,” Frank M. Hasel shares four points on how to approach all of God’s Word.






The Bible contains God’s story and communicates it to humans. Jo Ann Davidson writes that this historical record is “Far More Than Children’s Stories.”





In “Digging Into the Past,” Constance Clark Gane shares how understanding archaeological finds helps the reader gain more precise insight into biblical stories, more profound knowledge and relationship with God, and confirmation of Scripture’s validity.





In “The Sermons We Don’t Preach,” Shawn Brace writes of Ebenezer Gay and how his silence led his congregation on a journey away from beliefs passed on for generations. Brace reflects on the awareness needed when we disciple others theologically to avoid leading others away from truth through silence on doctrines, we may be uncomfortable discussing.  





John Peckham outlines the fundamental Trinity doctrine and uses that to answer the question, “Is the Trinity Biblical?”






Clifford Goldstein uses the topics of Creation, birth, and death to show “The Gospel” plain and simple. 






In “The Third Greatest Sermon,” Justin Kim writes of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2.





Denis Fortin highlights the ministry of two brothers in “Augustin and Daniel Bourdeau”.





In “When Seismic Forces Clash,” Chantal and Gerald Klingbeil share how to navigate transitions successfully. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/when-seismic-forces-clash/

ATS Members on Screen

In Unifying Faith Across Centuries: The Adventist Review's Legacy and Future, Justin Kim joins Sam Neves to explore the Adventist Review’s history, role, and how it remains current and relevant today.


In Part 2, Connecting Belief, Behavior, and Theology, Kim and Neves discuss beliefs, behavior, and theology and even touch on artificial intelligence in “Unlocking Faith: Bridging Beliefs, Behavior, and Theology Across Generations.”


Sabbath, a 2-hour documentary produced by Journey Films and Martin Doblmeier, tells through short stories a history of the spiritual practice of Sabbath.

Alan Reinach appears in the film along with other Adventist theologians and members of other faith traditions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTfzePC5lt0




28 Fundamental Beliefs

Who are Seventh-day Adventists? What Makes them Special?

In the final episode of 28 Fundamental Beliefs, Frank Hasel and Keldie Paroschi are joined by Pastor Ted Wilson and Pastor Erton Köhler. They discuss the Seventh-day Adventist’s unique mission, the role of hope, purposeful living, and Christ-centered approach.


Lest We Forget

Join Jonathan Burt and Jim Nix as they examine the history of the Adventist movement in the Lest We Forget series. You’ll hear about and see New England landmarks as Elder Nix brings the story of our founding to life.

Episode 1—Who Was William Miller?

He grew up with a patriot father and a preacher’s daughter for a mother. He was taught the love of country and the love of Christ. He carried his thirst for knowledge as a child into adulthood, leading him to precious new discoveries that would impact generations of Christians, including Seventh-day Adventists.


Episode 2—The Beginning of William Miller’s Ministry

He served as a military captain, was a farmer, was well-read, and almost studied himself out of believing in God.


Episode 3—The Call of William Miller and the Great Disappointment

God had a great plan for William Miller's life and started to illuminate his biblical studies and prepare him to share what he was discovering with others.


Episode 4—The Great Discovery after The Great Disappointment

After The Great Disappointment on October 22, 1844, William Miller, and his followers, the Millerites, felt thoroughly disappointed and hopeless.


Episode 5—The Truth Begins to Spread Around the World

The small group that decided to continue searching for biblical answers and did not lose trust in God were not the only ones interested in discovering the truth in the Bible.


Episode 6—Joseph Bates, From Sailor to Preacher

As a boy, Joseph Bates dreamed of going to sea. After urging his father to allow him to start out as a sailor, he began his journey as such at the age of 15. For twenty-one years, he worked as a sailor, and during one of his voyages in 1824, he converted to Christianity after reading the New Testament that his wife had placed among his belongings. From that moment on, he began an intense and selfless ministry of Bible study and Gospel preaching, becoming one of the pioneers of Adventism.


Episode 7—Ellen Harmon Accepts the Call to Be a Prophet

Hazen L. Foss, William Foy, and Ellen Harmon were the three people that God invited to be His prophets to His people at that time. However, only one who accepted the challenge.


Episode 8—Singing as Worship and Identity of the Adventist Church

Singing is one of the most genuine and profound ways of worshiping God, and it has been part of the essence of Christian people since biblical times.


Episode 9—Adventist Music, a Transformation and Salvation Tool

Adventist music, guided and inspired by God, can transform a life, soften a heart, or cheer a hopeless soul. The content of such music has been a blessing for the church and those being reached by the message of salvation. Early in the Adventist Church's history, its pioneers used music to uplift the congregation and inspire it to stand firm in the Lord's ways, keep the Sabbath holy, and trust in Him.


Episode 10—The First Sabbath-keepers

After accepting the Millerite movement and beginning to study the Sabbath as God's chosen holy day in-depth, William Farnsworth, a farmer and congregation leader in Washington, decided to become a Sabbath keeper with his wife and children.


Episode 11—Uriah Smith and Annie Smith, Missionary Siblings

Raised in the faith of the Lord by their mother, Rebecca Smith, siblings Uriah Smith and Annie Smith were two individuals who, despite facing various challenges, found the inspiration and strength to remain steadfast and committed to the mission.


Episode 12—The Beginning of Ellen G. White's Ministry

Since Ellen G. White’s ministry began, many challenges and obstacles made her path difficult and arduous. She was a fervent servant of the living God, and situations such as the attempt to evangelize her twin sister Elizabeth or the deaths of her sons Henry and John made her cling more to the Lord and seek strength in Him to continue developing her holy ministry.


Episode 13—The Adventist Journey: Sacrifices and Victories

The Adventist Church's historical journey includes a tapestry of challenges, achievements, and setbacks for its pioneers. Amidst it all, God's divine hand remained unwaveringly clasped to His children's, illuminating their path with His Word's wisdom. Their hearts and minds were fortified for the mission of evangelism, guided by a luminous purpose, and empowered by divine wisdom.


From the ATS Video Archives

2022 ATS Annual Meeting Presentations

Here are several of the papers presented during the ATS Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on November 15, 2022.

Elmer Guzman presents his paper “A Dialogue Between John Wesley's and Ellen White's Soteriology.”


Eric Ellison presents his “Ritual and the Effects of Sin in Ancient Israel” paper.



Mission 150 tells the exciting story of the 150 years of Adventist Mission to the world. Each week, the podcast explores the Adventist missionary enterprise's past and present. 

Working as a Medical Missionary

This episode features a doctor preparing to serve as a medical missionary. She shares about her family's mission heritage, her experience as a student missionary, and where she feels God is leading her life.


Sacrificing for Mission in the South Pacific

Stories from David Trim’s book, A Living Sacrifice, are featured in this episode.


Sacrificing for Mission in Southern and Eastern Africa

This episode includes more stories from the book A Living Sacrifice by David Trim. The focus is on missionaries who labored in Southern and Eastern Africa.


Selfless Mission in Central and South America

Learn more about the lives of the Baxter family, whose commitment to mission spanned two generations of mission work in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.


Mission Stalls in the 1890s

Various difficulties caused a slowdown in missions during the 1890s. Learn how the denomination adapted and refocused and what we can learn for missions today.


Reorganizing for Mission in 1901

Learn how the church was reorganized and restructured in 1901, which impacted its mission.


Reforming for Mission in 1903

Following the 1901 reorganization, more reforms were enacted to lay the foundations of mission expansion.


Mission to China

Taking the Gospel to the people of China was dangerous and full of risks for the missionaries who answered the call. Learn more about their sacrifice in this episode.


Opening Up Mission in Southern Asia

In the early days of the mission to Britain’s Indian Empire (today’s India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), missionaries faced overwhelming odds. Learn about their joys and sorrows in this episode.


The First Missionaries to the Middle East

What was it like to be among the early missionaries to the Middle East?


A Modern Missionary to Southeast Asia

Missionaries are still taking the Gospel to countries around the world.


Training Cross-Cultural Missionaries Today

Today’s missionaries are trained and supported through the Institute of World Mission


An Extraordinary Mission Innovator (Part 1)

Do you know the story of George D. Keough, a missionary to Egypt? Learn his story in this episode.


An Extraordinary Mission Innovator (Part 2)

This episode is a continuation of George D. Keough’s story.


Committing for Life in China

Merritt and Wilma Warren spent 47 years as missionaries, mostly in China.


Lives of Service in the Far East

The Appel and Longway families served extensively as missionaries.


Making Mission Work (Part 1)

Who doesn’t love a good mission story? But those missionaries need support to enable their work. In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a strong administrative infrastructure makes this possible.





ATS Members Are Podcasting


Elder’s Digest

Children of Ishmael: Walls of Separation or Bridges of Understanding—Petras Bahadur

How do we connect with the millions of Muslims not just in other parts of the world but with those who are now living in our neighborhoods, going to school with our children, and doing jobs alongside us? As a church, what should be our response to these neighbors?


Barnabas: The Son of Encouragement Part 3—Anthony Kent

What can we learn from Barnabas’s speeches? This essay explores eight literary, thematic, and theological similarities between his speech in Lystra and the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation.



Ministry Magazine

“All About Jesus”—Alberto Timm

Are the prophetic messages of God outdated, and do they need to be updated? Are Ellen White's writings still relevant today?

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/6R351zQbIQh5RgBWFsC7hC

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-about-jesus-alberto-r-timm/id1482028112?i=1000641663012

“Affirming Prophetic Ministry in the Local Church”—Jud Lake

Strategies to help you begin the process of affirming Ellen White’s prophetic ministry in the local church.

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/3692BKu8wKOtlA9RxDLkQE

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/affirming-prophetic-ministry-in-the-local-church-jud-lake/id1482028112?i=1000642865311

"Are You Looking for the Ideal Church"—Ramon J. Canals

How do you find the ideal church? Twelve qualities that churches should have according to the Bible.

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/38ZPD3Z1hUgAwHGLkjWIS2

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pastors-pastor-are-you-looking-for-the-ideal-church/id1482028112?i=1000645406754

"The Concubine and the Levite? Really?"—Jeff Scoggins

The account of the Levite and the concubine demonstrates devastation.  What redeeming value can we get from this sordid account that appears in the Word of God?

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4ONjgaGa5bWo7RLnp4NOHt

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-concubine-and-the-levite-really-jeff-scoggins/id1482028112?i=1000647181495

"Anointing the Sick: Revisiting a Misunderstood Service"—Kim Papaioannou

Is anointing only for the sick and dying? What qualifies someone to be anointed? Does anointing guarantee healing? What power lies in anointing?

Spotify   https://open.spotify.com/episode/3ND5tCn5V8JNtJ5nKxo6We

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anointing-the-sick-revisiting-a-misunderstood/id1482028112?i=1000648712385


Adventist Pilgrimage

George Ide Butler is Not a Villain

Denis Fortin joins Michael Campbell and Greg Howell to discuss George Butler.

YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZEm8H4SGAU

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/1dBgHkaBErZGf3dLtQZm3k

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/george-butler-is-not-a-villain-w-dr-denis-fortin/id1558388185?i=1000643990641


There’s a Wolff in the CAR

Kevin Burton joins Michael Campbell and Greg Howell to talk about Joseph Wolfe.

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/theres-a-wolff-in-the-car/id1558388185?i=1000641116748

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/2oM2OBWNcTcmEuz1XZnyv4?si=ddfefe409c904e98

YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S--FZsQRA2Y&list=PLoqG9ECFWUvnzYhGPs_ugsyt9HBGURWk9&index=38


A New Podcast in Adventist History

Matthew Lucio and Michael Campbell talk about a new podcast and its host.

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/4lC98uWiiOInAJBumGrhrT?si=b69945dab9b4412b

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-new-podcast-in-adventist-history/id1558388185?i=1000647641413

YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLdnJlxPgr4&list=PLoqG9ECFWUvnzYhGPs_ugsyt9HBGURWk9



Adventist History

1980 (Fundamental Beliefs!)

This episode explores the 1980 General Conference session and the creation (revision?) of the 27 fundamental beliefs.

Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/episode/3I0T4Al93kLP67gfdAvndR

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-e60-1980-fundamental-beliefs/id932446800?i=1000642543232


Desmond Ford, Part 1

In this episode, we begin our final series of episodes in the Adventist History Podcast by going back in time to meet a young Desmond Ford.

Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/episode/4UCVsrKFrh63hgTFHhgnUQ?si=a7efbd90925f4816

Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2-e61-desmond-ford-part-1/id932446800?i=1000646445496


ATS Members Are Publishing Books


Affirming Our Identity represents the first installment of a two-volume scholarly and spiritual undertaking that aims to reassert the theological identity of the Adventist faith, while also presenting Seventh-day Adventists with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their beliefs.

ATS members who contributed to the book include Jiří Moskala, Elias Brasil de Souza, Richard M. Davidson, Mark Finley, Roy E. Gane, Joel Iparraguirre, Ángel Guzmán-Lizardo, Laurențiu Florentin Moț, Ekkehardt Mueller, Denis Kaiser, John C. Peckham, Dan-Adrian Petre, Jahisber Peñuela-Pineda, Alberto R. Timm, Clinton Wahlen.