Reprinted from an editorial by Monte Sahlin on Feb. 11, 2015, in Adventist Today:

As Elder Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference, approaches what will likely be the make-or-break GC Session of his career, will his thoughts turn to his father’s role in the issues related to ordination and the role of women in the Seventh-day Adventist Church? A research assistant reminded me this morning of a document from the fall of 1977 which reveals the views of Elder Neal C. Wilson Continue reading

Dr. Hyveth Williams is a professor of Christian ministry and homiletics at the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Prior to that appointment in 2009, she served for over thirteen years as senior pastor of the Campus Hill Church in Loma Linda. She was the first black female pastor and the first female senior pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. In this video clip, Dr. Williams encourages Adventist churches and conference leaders to take a chance on a woman pastor because she will render outstanding service to the Lord and the church. Continue reading

After a deep study of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, the top “Adventist scholars, in 1975, found no theological obstacles to ordaining women to gospel ministry.” (Adventist Review, March 7, 1985) God said, on “both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit.” (Acts 2:18) The General Conference Biblical Research Institute concluded in 1976, “If God has called a woman, and her ministry is fruitful, why should the church withhold its standard act of recognition?”