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Warren E. Adams
Adams (1882-1978) was a literature evangelist for more than 40 years, and was publishing director for the South Central Conference.
Keith Densel Albury
Albury (1953-2006) was a Bahamian minister and administrator.
Alan Arthur Anderson, Jr.
Anderson (1911-1993) was a minister and government minister who fought for equal rights in the Adventist Church.
Amelia Christian Baker
Baker (1931-2012) was a longtime Bible worker and one of the first women ordained as an elder in California.
Rosetta Cora Baldwin
Baldwin (1903-2000) was an educator for nearly 75 years; The Rosetta C. Baldwin Historical African-American Museum in High Point, North Carolina, is named in her honor.
Michael St. Clair Banfield
Banfield (1892-1985) was a minister and administrator, the charter treasurer of Allegheny Conference and father of W.S. Banfield.
Warren St. Clair Banfield
Banfield (1922-2006) was a prominent minister, administrator, and civil rights activist.
Harold Wilson Baptiste
Baptiste (1938-2019) was the longest-serving executive secretary of the North American Division (1990-2002), before taking the position of general vice president at the General Conference from 2002 to 2005.
Eri L. Barr
Barr (1814-1864) was a Sabbatarian leader and the first Seventh-day Adventist minister of color.
Maurice T. Battle
Battle (1927-2010) was a longtime minister, missionary, administrator, and an associate secretary of the world church.
Turner R. Battle
Battle (1887-1964) was an early literature evangelist and father of Maurice T. Battle.
John Joseph Beale
Beale (1909-1989) was a minister, educator, and theologian, for many years at Oakwood University.
Bernard Wilfred Benn
Benn (1929-2014) was a longtime educator and president of the University of Southern Caribbean.
Alma Montgomery Blackmon
Blackmon (1921-2009) was a musician, educator, and humanitarian who directed the Oakwood Aeolians for twelve years.
David Emmanuel Blake
Blake (1877-1917) was a pioneering minister, missionary, and physician, and husband of Lottie Blake.
Charlotte (Lottie) Cornelia Isbell Blake
Blake (1876-1976) was a pioneering physician, hospital administrator, medical missionary, and educator.
Frank L. Bland
Bland (1908-1975) was a minister and administrator, the second black General Conference vice president.
Louis H. Bland
Bland (1893-1953) was a minister and administrator, the first president of Northeastern Conference.
Frances Louise Bliss
Bliss (1924-2016) was an educator who taught at Oakwood University for more than thirty years.
Bontemps (1902-1973) was a world-renowned author and leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Mary Inez Booth
Booth (1913-2010) was a music teacher at Oakwood University who led a prison ministry for 54 years.
Bowles (1761-1843) was an iterant Baptist minister in New England (mainly Vermont) in the first half of the nineteenth century and may have been a Millerite.
Charles Edward Bradford
Bradford (1925-2021) was a minister, administrator, and author, the first black president of the North American Division.
Sharon Louise Bradford Lewis
Lewis (1951-2021) was a longtime educator, he final post as principal of Oakwood Adventist Academy in Huntsville, Alabama.
Henrietta Paterson Branch
Branch (1858-1913) and her husband Thomas and daughter Mable were the first blacks to serve as missionaries to Africa by the Seventh-day Adventists.
Mable Florence Branch Webb
Webb (1878-1945) was the first black public school teacher in the state of Colorado and she, along with her parents, Thomas and Henrietta Branch, were the first black missionaries sent to Africa by Seventh-day Adventists.
Thomas H. Branch
Branch (1856-1924) and his wife Henrietta and daughter Mable were the first blacks to serve as missionaries to Africa by the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
Alice Evelyn Blake Brantley
Brantley (1913-2014) was the daughter of Lottie and David Blake and a lifelong educator.
Mary Ellen Britton
Britton (1855-1925) was a pioneer physician, educator, humanitarian and civil rights activist.
Charles Decatur Brooks
C.D. Brooks (1930-2016) was one of the most successful evangelists of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as speaker-director of Breath of Life Ministries for twenty-three years was a trailblazer of religious media.
Charles Lee Brooks
C.L. Brooks (1923-1989) was a pastor, educator, departmental administrator, and acclaimed musician.
Walterene Lillian Wagner Brooks
Brooks (1932-2019) was a lifelong educator and school administrator; wife of C.D. Brooks and daughter of J.H. Wagner, Sr.
Lloyd Rudy Broomes
Broomes (1936-2021) was a prominent psychiatrist.
Lambert Wellington Browne
Browne (1883-1966) was a pioneer missionary to Sierra Leone.
Bryan (1894-1981) was a teacher and nurse, and the first black woman to serve as a General Conference departmental officer.
Franklin Henry Bryant
Bryant (1877-1909) was the first black Adventist to author a book and the first black to earn a law degree from the University of Colorado.
Taswell Benjamin Buckner
Buckner (1860-1924) was an early minister.
Natelkka Izetta Edith Burrell
Burrell (1895-1990) was a longtime teacher, principal, department chair, professor, and residential dean.
Byard's (1877-1943) refusal for treatment at an Adventist hospital was a catalyst for the organization of regional conferences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
William Carl Byrd
Byrd (1944-2022) served as a pastor in Michigan, Texas, and Florida for 47 years.
Robert Harris Carter
Carter (1925-1999) was a minister, missionary, administrator, and the first black president of a North American Union Conference.
Wilbert Augustus Cheatham
Cheatham (1942-2015) was a community organizer, administrator, and educator.
James Alexander Chiles
Chiles (1860-1930) was a lawyer, civil rights activist, and lay Adventist minister, who argued a segregation case before the US Supreme Court in 1907.
Andral Wellington Clarke
Clarke (1896-1995) pastored churches from 1920 to 1966 in Florida, Massachusetts, Connnecticut, New York, Illinois, and Oregon.
Celia Marie Abney Cleveland
Cleveland (1921-2003) was a pianist and Bible instructor, partnering with her husband E.E. Cleveland in bringing many thousands of people to faith.
Edward Earl Cleveland
Cleveland (1921-2009) was preeminent in Adventist public evangelism during the second half of the twentieth century, and trained thousands of pastors, Bible instructors, and ministerial students in evangelistic methods.
William James Cleveland, Jr.
Cleveland (1945-2011) was an editor.
Cooper (1924-2012) was a scientist, educator, and administrator, serving in numerous positions at Oakwood University from 1948-1992.
Jeter E. Cox
Cox (1885-1961) was a longtime minister, evangelist, and administrator.
John Frederick Crichlow
Crichlow (1865-1963) was a minister and early leader of the black Adventist work.
Frederick Nathan Crowe
Crowe (1914-2018) was a cofounder of the first regional conference, Lake Region Conference, and was a treasurer there and for South Central Conference.
Eugenia Isabella Cunningham
Cunningham (1878-1963) was a faculty member and administrator at Oakwood University for more than fifty years.
James Gershom Dasent
Dasent (1879-1954) was an early minister and administrator, the first president of the Lake Region Conference
Theodore Casper Dawson
Dawson (1903-1988) was a custodian, church deacon, and educational humanitarian.
Carl Ashley Dent
Dent (1915-1995) was a missionary and pioneering physician, for 37 years chief of staff at Riverside Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
Samuel Lee DeShay
DeShay (1933-2019) was a physician, missionary, and administrator.
Minneola Lanora Dabney-Dixon
Dixon (1929-2014) served Oakwood University for approximately 40 years in various capacities, including secretary/administrative assistant, director of student employment, director of alumni affairs, and director of the museum and archives.
Dorsey (1840-1926) was an early Adventist in Coshocton County, Ohio, and helped grow the Adventist Church in the region.
Sprague (1839-1906) was a civil rights activist and assistant to her father Frederick Douglass.
Charles Edward Dudley, Sr.
Dudley (1927-2010) was a minister, civil rights activist, and longest-serving conference president.
Eva Beatrice Dykes
Dykes (1893-1986) was the first black woman to complete requirements for a Ph.D., founder of the Oakwood Aeolians, and a longtime educator.
James Elmore Dykes
Dykes (1919-1990) was a minister, author, administrator, and educator.
George Roland Earle
Earle (1918-2018) was a minister and administrator, the president of Northeastern Conference from 1966-1983.
Vernelle Elaine Rogers Earle
Earle (1922-2018) was an educator and educational administrator.
Lillie Henrietta Emanuel
Emanuel (1898-1976) was an educator for almost fifty years.
Henry Edward Felder
Felder (1943-2018) was an economist for the US government, consultant, and educator.
Ford (1898-1983) was variously manager of the Riverside Sanitarium, business manager of Oakwood College, and treasurer of South Central Conference.
Fordham (1943-2021) was a longtime minister and administrator, the president of Allegheny East Conference since 2012-2021.
Fordham (1943-2021) was an administrative assistant and budget analyst, and from 2012-2021 the first lady of Allegheny East Conference.