Defending Orphans

Norma Nashed is the brains and energy behind a charity helping vulnerable children around the world. Born in Palestine, Nashed grew up poor in Jordan amid many challenges. She went on to work for the founder of Jordanian Airlines, hobnobbing with the country’s king and queen – but gave up a career and salary to give everything to her charity.

Question: You started Restore a Child as a charity that would help provide children around the world with their basic needs. What inspired you to organize the foundation?

Church's first woman elder talks about her calling

Josephine Benton, now an 87-year-old great-grandmother in Maryland, was the first woman to be ordained as an elder in the Seventh-day Adventist church, and worked in ministry even after her retirement. She still serves as an elder in her local church. Benton has now been given emeritus ordination credentials and recognition for her years of service.

Embracing ministry outside Adventism - Part 2

Pastor J. Mark Martin tells Don Barton why he left the Adventist church to start his own ministry.

This is the second installment in a two-part series that looks at former Adventists who have not just left the church, but have embraced ministries in other denominations.  I wouldn’t have written this article if it weren’t for the fact that I knew these individuals personally, as we all studied theology together at PUC in the late 1970s.  I decided to find out why, and how, they could make such a major life change and asked to interview them. 

Embracing ministry outside Adventism

Former Adventist theology major Burton Villaverde talks to Don Barton about his work in a dynamic ministry outside Adventism.

With the advent of social media staying in touch with friends and acquaintances, both past and present, has become as easy as clicking a mouse. 

Bonnie Casey talks about the resurrection of her folk music

Adventist fans across the country have missed Take Three and Bonnie Casey & Daystar. Now the music is back. Bonnie Casey tells Spectrum the story.

How Adventists in Academia Would Decide the Election

Spectrum asks John Gavin of Washington Adventist University about a survey he recently completed that sheds light on the political, social and religious attitudes among Adventist college professors and staff.

Question: Why did you decide to survey faculty and staff at Adventist colleges and universities about their views on political and social issues?

Loma Linda Professor to Advise on USDA Nutrition Guidelines

Dr. Joan Sabaté, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University, has been named to a six-member expert panel that will advise the US Department of Agriculture as it creates its next set of national dietary guidelines. Sabaté is the only vegetarian on the panel.

Touring in the Shadow of Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse

Preston Hawes, 31, became the director of the New England Youth Ensemble at Washington Adventist University after its founder and long-time director Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse passed away last August at age 88.

Hawes is a violinist and conductor, and earned his bachelors in music from WAU in 2004. He holds a masters in performance from Yale University, and is working toward his doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.

He started playing with the NEYE when he was just 15 years old.

Campaign to distribute a modern Spanish Bible

Daniel Chaij, retired US diplomat, works to get Spanish-language Bibles into the hands of people who need them through the Emmanuel Bible Society.

Question: You are the president of the Sociedad Biblica Emanuel (Emmanuel Bible Society), which distributes Spanish-language Bibles. Where do you distribute the Bibles?

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