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Asheville Forum: Gilbert Valentine

Asheville Adventist Forum: Gilbert Valentine


Please note that this meeting of the Asheville Adventist Forum will be held via Zoom. In order to be part of this meeting, let Connie Hayward know ASAP that you intend to participate by emailing her at

Date & Time:

June 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern


"Learning and Unlearning: How Adventism Became Trinitarian"

This will be a case study of how Adventist doctrines developed over time. Remember that most of the early Adventist pioneers were NOT Trinitarian. It was not until the current Adventist hymnal was published in the 1980s that the most famous trinitarian hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy," was allowed to have its trinitarian words. Its first verse, for example, now ends as it does in the hymnals of other denominations: "God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity." In the previous hymnal, the words had been changed so that they were not trinitarian: "God over all, who rules eternity." It is interesting to note that in very recent years the issue has again become controversial among some Adventists.

Speaker Biography:

Gilbert M. Valentine, PhD, recently retired, continues to teach as an adjunct professor of Adventist Studies in the H. M. S. Richards Divinity School at La Sierra University, California, USA. His pastoral career has involved varied roles in congregational and conference youth leadership settings in New Zealand and Australia. Mission service took him to teaching and senior administrative positions in Adventist higher education in Pakistan, England and Thailand in addition to his service in Australia and in his homeland, New Zealand. He has written extensively in Adventist history and Ellen White studies and is the author of J. N. Andrews: Mission Pioneer, Evangelist, and Thought Leader (2019), W. W. Prescott; Forgotten Giant of Adventism’s Second Generation (2005), The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage (2006) a book on the history of the White Estate, and The Prophet and the Presidents (2011) a study of the political influence of Ellen White. In 2014 he co-edited with Woody Whidden, a Festschrift for George Knight entitled Adventist Maverick

Gil is married to Kendra Haloviak Valentine and lives in Riverside where he enjoys cycling around the citrus groves in his neighborhood.

For further information contact Connie Hayward, 828-693-1105 (h), 828-388-1575 (c),

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