The Founding Session

The Founding Session

The General Conference Session in Battle Creek, Michigan, held on May 20 and 21, 1863, marks the official incorporation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The following slides feature the Session venue, participants, the official constitution adopted, and the officers elected.

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  1. The Founding Session

  2. The General Conference Session in Battle Creek, Michigan, held on

    May 20 and 21, 1863, marks the official incorporation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The following slides feature the Session venue, participants, the official constitution adopted, and the officers elected.
  3. Second Meeting House

  4. May 20-21, 1863 Date

  5. Report in the Adventist Review

  6. Session Officers Jotham Aldrich Chair Uriah Smith Secretary

  7. Delegates: Michigan Joseph Bates John Byington Meritt Cornell

  8. Delegates: Michigan James Harvey Moses Hull Russell Lawrence

  9. Delegates: Michigan John Loughborough Joseph Waggoner

  10. Delegates: Minnesota Washington Morse

  11. Delegates: New York Jotham Aldrich John Andrews Nathan Fuller Charles

    Taylor
  12. Delegates: Iowa William Brinkerhoff Benjamin Snook

  13. Delegates: Wisconsin Isaac Sanborn

  14. Elected General Conference Officers John Byington President Uriah Smith Secretary

    Eli Walker Secretary
  15. General Conference Constitution adopted at the Session

  16. Purpose of the General Conference as outlined in the Constitution

    •  Coordination for Mission (lTo secure unity and efficiency in laborz) •  Advancing of Mission (lPromote the general interests of the cause of present truthz) •  Improvement for Mission (lperfecting the organization of the Seventh-day Adventistsz)
  17. Summary: What exactly happened on May 20-21, 1863? The 20

    General Conference Session delegates adopted a constitution comprised of nine articles. The first article reads: lThis Conference shall be called the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.z The following articles specify the General Conference`s purpose for existence. This marked the official establishment of the governing body of Seventh-day Adventists called the General Conference.