Alita Byrd

The Church's Financial Picture and Its Newly-Appointed Treasurer

On Friday, July 3, during the afternoon business meeting of the General Conference Session, Juan Prestol-Puesán, undertreasurer of the General Conference, was elected General Conference Treasurer to replace the retiring Bob E. Lemon.

San Antonio Welcomes City's Largest Convention Ever

More than 65,000 Adventists from almost 200 countries are expected to visit San Antonio during the 10-day General Conference Session, which opened today in the city’s Alamodome.

An Adventist Story of Switching Sexes

A church employee talks to Spectrum about her decision to transition from the male to the female gender, her relationship with her wife and family, and her relationship with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

One Foot in Angwin, One Foot in the Rest of the World

PUC student Joshua Tobing balances schoolwork with work for ADRA and other NGOs.

How to Talk to Young People: Guide Editor Explains

In an interview with Spectrum, Guide Editor Randy Fishell talks about how 10 to 14-year-olds have changed, the power of humor, and why caveats find their way into his stories. Bonus: A cartoon just for Spectrum readers.

Pacific Press Publishes New Collection of Essays on Ordination

John Reeve, professor at the seminary at Andrews University, talks about a new book he has edited, representing 50 years of the conversation about ordaining women in Adventism.

What's For Lunch at the GC Session?

Sheri Clemmer is Associate Session Planner for the world church's General Conference Session in San Antonio this July. Spectrum asked her some questions about the menu for delegates and how it was chosen.

Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement President Explains the Century-Old Church Split

The Reform Movement holds the same fundamental beliefs as the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including beliefs about the state of the dead, the investigative judgment, the inspired nature of Ellen G. White's writings, baptism by immersion, the importance of evangelism before the second coming, and the seventh-day Sabbath.

ADRA's Docuseries Brings Viewers to Remote Projects

Natalia López-Thismón tells us what it was like to make the series “A Closer Walk,” wrapping up on the Hope Channel this Friday. Watch at and watch trailers of all nine episodes at

Des Ford Reflects on His Adventist History

In August 1980, a special committee of 111 top Adventist administrators, theologians, scholars, editors and students — the Glacier View Sanctuary Review Committee — met to discuss Desmond Ford’s 991-page document called “Daniel 8:14, The Day of Atonement, and the Investigative Judgment.” 

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