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The following resources provide more information about the topic of ordination, and specifically the issue of ordination of women in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Articles and Statements
Anderson, Carl D., “Origin and Growth of Church Structure and Ministry,” unpublished paper prepared for the Commission on the Role of Women II meeting in Cohutta Springs, GA, July 12-18, 1989, 35 pages. (This paper is available from the Biblical Research Institute, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA.)
“A Statement of Support for the Ministry of Women as Local Elders at PMC,” foreword by Dwight K. Nelson, Senior Pastor, Pioneer Memorial Church, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, Spring 1987, 12 pages.
Beem, Beverly, and Ginger Hanks Harwood, "‘Your Daughters Shall Prophesy’: James White, Uriah Smith, and the ‘Triumphant Vindication of the Right of the Sisters’ to Preach," Andrews University Seminary Studies, Spring 2005, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 41-58. GO TO »
Brunt, John C., “Ordination of Women: A Hermeneutical Question,” Ministry, September 1988, pp. 12-14.
Crocombe, Jeff, “Forgotten Heralds: Millerite Women Who Preached,” Blog post, Sept. 21, 2006. GO TO »
Crocombe, Jeff, "Irene Morgan," Blog post, Nov. 6, 2006. GO TO »
Crocombe, Jeff, "More Forgotten Heralds: Early Adventist Women Ministers," Blog post, Oct. 1, 2006. GO TO »
Fortin, Denis, “What Did Early Adventist Pioneers Think About Women in Ministry?” April 8, 2010. GO TO »
Haloviak, Bert, “A Place at the Table: Women and the Early Years,” The Welcome Table, Patricia A. Habada and Rebecca Frost Brillhart (Eds.), (TEAM Press, 1995). GO TO »
Haloviak, Bert B., “Longing for the Pastorate: Ministry in 19th Century Adventism” (unpublished manuscript, Center for Adventist Research, James White Library, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, 1988).
Harwood, Ginger Hanks, and Beverly G. Beem, “‘It Was Mary That First Preached a Risen Jesus’: Early Seventh-day Adventist Answers to Objections to Women as Public Spiritual Leaders” Andrews University Seminary Studies, Autumn 2007, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 221-245. GO TO »
Hasel, Gerhard F., “Man and Woman in Genesis 1-3,” Symposium on the Role of Women in the Church (Washington, DC: Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1984 from 1975 ed.), 18 pages. GO TO »
Johnsson, William G., “Galatians 3:28, 29: Its Significance for the Role of Women in the Church” (study for the Role of Women Commission, Fall 1987). GO TO »
“Methods of Bible Study: Presuppositions, Principles, and Methods” (Silver Spring, MD: General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1986). GO TO »
Moon, Jerry, "‘A Power That Exceeds That of Men’: Ellen G. White on Women in Ministry,” Women in Ministry, Nancy Vyhmeister (Ed.), (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 1998). GO TO »
Patrick, Arthur N., “The Adventist Pastor and the Ordination of Women,” Ministry, April 1989, Vol. 61, No. 4, pp. 9-12. GO TO »
Rock, Calvin B., “Women's Ordination,” Adventist Review, Feb. 18, 1993, Vol. 170, No. 7, p. 15. GO TO »
Rodríguez, Ángel Manuel, “Evaluation of the Arguments Used by Those Opposing the Ordination of Women to the Ministry” (paper presented at the Theology of Ordination Study Committee, Jan. 21-25, 2014). GO TO »
Vance, Laura L., "Adventism in Crisis: A Sociological Analysis of Seventh-day Adventism With Emphasis on the Relationship Between Gender and Sectarian Change" (dissertation, Simon Fraser University, 1994).
Vine, Kenneth L., “The Legal and Social Status of Women in the Pentateuch,” Symposium on the Role of Women in the Church (Washington, DC: Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1984 from 1973 ed.), 18 pages. GO TO »
Watts, Kit, "Appendix 5: An Outline of the History of Seventh-day Adventists and the Ordination of Women," The Welcome Table, Patricia A. Habada and Rebecca Frost Brillhart (Eds.), (TEAM Press, 1995). GO TO »
“Women Clergy Tell Their Stories” (collection of 81 audio recordings from women pastors). GO TO »
Adventist Women in Ministry: Our Stories (Langley Park, MD: Association of Adventist Women, 1988).
Barna, Jan, Ordination of Women in Seventh-day Adventist Theology: A Study in Biblical Interpretations (Belgrade: Preporod, 2012).
Banks, Rosa Taylor (Ed.), A Woman’s Place: Seventh-day Adventist Women in Church and Society (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald, 1992).
Benton, Josephine, Called by God (Smithsburg, MD: Blackberry Hill Publishing, 1990). GO TO »
Davidson, Richard, Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007).
Doggette, Jr., Jackson M., Ordination: Ellen White’s Concept (Jackson Michael Doggette, 1987). GO TO »
du Preez, Ron (Ed.), Women, Work and Worship: Scholarly Seventh-day Adventist Scriptural Research Relating to Women’s Ordination (Diemen, Netherlands: Omega Media, 2014).
Habada, Patricia A. and Rebecca Frost Brillhart (Eds.), Bienvenida a la Mesa (Langley Park, MD: TEAM Press, 1998). This is the Spanish edition of The Welcome Table.
Habada, Patricia A. and Rebecca Frost Brillhart (Eds.), The Welcome Table: Setting a Place for Ordained Women (Langley Park, MD: TEAM Press, 1995).
Hyde, Gordon M. (Ed.), Symposium on the Role of Women in the Church (Washington, DC: Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1984), 156 pages. GO TO »
Morales-Gudmundsson, Lourdes E., (Ed.), Women and the Church: A Feminine Perspective (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 1995).
Olsen, V.N, The New Relatedness for Man and Woman in Christ: A Mirror of the Divine (Loma Linda, CA: Loma Linda University Press, 1993).
Underwood, U.J., Women in Their Place (Berrien Springs, MI: Biblical Foundations, 1990).
Vance, Laura L., Seventh-day Adventism in Crisis: Gender and Sectarian Change in an Emerging Religion (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1999).
Vhymeister, Nancy (Ed.), Women in Ministry: Biblical and Historical Perspectives (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 1998).
Sermon and Presentation Videos
2012 Seventh-day Adventist Women Clergy Conference, featuring speakers Ivan L. Williams, Esther Knott, Hyveth Williams, Ron du Preez, Dwight Nelson, Darius Jankiewicz, Stan Hickerson, and Tara VinCross. GO TO »
Asscherick David, and Ron du Preez, “Unity in Diversity” (conversation on women in ministry in Eugene, OR, posted Oct. 12, 2012).
John Brunt, “Southeastern California Conference’s Vote to Ordain Women Ministers,” (announcement at Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 22, 2012). GO TO »
Jankiewicz, Darius, “The History of Ordination” (presentation at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 28, 2012). GO TO »
Nelson, Dwight, “A Mighty Throng of Women” (sermon at Pioneer Memorial Church on Oct. 6, 2012). GO TO »
Nelson, Dwight, “Of Perfume and Tears and Grumpy Old Men,” Part 2 in a series on The Last Days (sermon at Pioneer Memorial Church on Jan. 21, 2012). GO TO »
North American Division Ministerial Department, “Roundtable Video” (Chestnut Hill SDA Church members discuss their reactions to Tara VinCross being named senior pastor). GO TO »
Roberts, Randy, “Ordination Without Regard to Gender” (presentation at Pacific Union Conference special constituency session on August 19, 2012). GO TO »
Roberts, Randy, “The Sixth Bad Idea: A Second-Class Ministry” Part 6 in a series on Seven Ideas That Ruined the Church...and Two Others That Didn't Help Any (sermon at Loma Linda University Church on March 10, 2012). GO TO »
Valentine, Kendra Haloviak, “Junia: Inside Out,” Part 3 in a series on God of the Outcast: Stories of Faith at the Margins (sermon at Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 28, 2012). GO TO »
Valentine, Kendra Haloviak, and Bert Haloviak, “Adventist Women In Ministry—Progress or Regress?” (sermon at Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 22, 2014). GO TO »
Wolverton, Casey, “Is Ordination of Women a Theological or Cultural Issue?” (interview with Rebekah Liu posted Oct. 10, 2013). GO TO »