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The Southwestern Union Conference was established in 1901 and was headquartered in four different locations: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; Richardson, Texas; and Keene, Texas, before establishing its current …

Point of View

History of Our Union


I have a keen interest in history. All types of history—secular history, religious history, church history. I try to discern God’s leading in history. In fact, I believe that history …

To Your Health

Ellen White and Science


Long before scientific evidence confirmed the impact of certain lifestyle factors on health, Ellen White gave numerous counsels and recommendations regarding healthful living. Following are just a few brief excerpts …


The Importance of Knowing Church History


I’ll admit, when I was in high school I had no desire to learn about Adventist history. I felt that because I knew about the events of 1844 that I …

Pass it On

Southwestern Evangelism: Beginnings


From the 1870s to the turn of the nineteenth century, Adventist work started in the states that are now part of the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In the …

Visión Hispana

Desde el Inicio


El Dr. Manuel Vásquez en su libro “The Untold Story 100 years of Hispanic Adventism” describe el inicio de la obra hispana en los Estados Unidos, estableciendo el año de …


The History of the Southwestern Union


As we look back at the history of the Adventist Church, it’s easy to see how far we’ve come in almost two centuries of work. What began simply as a …

Southwestern Union Timeline


History of Southwestern Union Conference 1818 – Millerite movement begins 1840’s – Industrial Revolution transforms Northeast 1844 – The Great Disappointment 1852 – First issue of Adventist Review and Herald …

A Brief History of Southwestern Adventist University


Shortly after the establishment of the Texas Conference in 1877, the desire for a denominational school became apparent among leaders and lay people of the church. In 1892, the subject …

The Healing Work


The Adventist health work in the Southwestern territory can be traced as far back as Ellen White’s visit to Texas in 1878. As medical technology and facilities have advanced, so …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

The Peril of Forgetting


There are some things that need to be forgotten and left in the past; some things that only bring pain are best left alone and unattended; hurts caused by thoughtless …

Searcy Church Performs Musical Cantata


Searcy, Ark. » During the month of December the Searcy Seventh-day Adventist church sanctuary choir performed their Christmas musical cantata, “Let Earth Receive Her King,” at the Riverside Crossing Rehabilitation …

Youth Sabbath School at Slidell Church


Slidell, La. » Youth Sabbath was held at the end of December in the Slidell Seventh-day Adventist Church with the Children’s Sabbath School divisions acting out the birth of Jesus, …

Benton Church Sings for Alcoa Pines Health and Rehab


Benton, Ark. » What a blessing it is to be Jesus’ hands and feet! On Sabbath, December 13, 2014, about 30 members from the Benton church gathered at Alcoa Pines …

Texarkana Church District Campout


Texarkana, Ark. » The Texarkana District, under the leadership of Daniel Supler, pastor, held its annual Family Church Campout at Camp Yorktown Bay at the end of October 2014. Texarkana, …

Camp Yorktown Bay 50 Year Anniversary

It has been 50 years since Camp Yorktown Bay admitted its first camper. We will be hosting our 50th Anniversary on June 5-7, 2015. Activities will be available all day …

Oklahoma Conference

Vision and Perspective


One of the privileges I have had as a minister is being inspired by the congregations and members I have served. Recently, I was reminded of that inspiration as I …

Pathfinder Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser


Broken Arrow » The fifth annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser for the Broken Arrow Pathfinder Club was a huge success. Hosted by Greg Marquette at Estancia clubhouse, the Pathfinders raised $625 toward …

First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Tulsa Celebrates its 100-year Anniversary


Tulsa » In 1915 E.B. Hopkins, a pastor from Texas came to visit several families around the city of Tulsa. This was the beginning of the Seventh-day Adventist movement in …

Broken Arrow Pathfinders Learn the Art of Cake Decorating


Broken Arrow » The Broken Arrow Pathfinders’ group of “chefs in training” had a blast as they learned the art of cake decorating from Barbara Calvert. Calvert has often fixed …

Spring is Here, Time to get Busy!


Wagoner » Spring is here and it’s time to make those church repairs and work on those major projects. The Wagoner church is not only trying to landscape the outside, …

Jesus Was a Volunteer


Oklahoma City » During the Springtime, it is common in the United States and other parts of the world to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have been …

Southwest Region Conference

History of the Southwest Region Conference


Current History The Southwest Region Conference (SWRC) represents a unit of church organization comprising congregations in these areas: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. This conference is one of five …

Berean Celebrates Church Pioneer’s 90th Birthday

Baton Rouge, La. » On March 4, Berean added another pioneer to its distinguished list of those having reached age 90. Our most recent nonagenarian is Doris Gilliam, who not …

New Pastor in the Macedonia Monroe District


Monroe, La. » Pastor Etser Edouard was introduced to the Macedonia Monroe District on Sabbath, February 14, 2015. The district is comprised of the Macedonia church in Monroe, Present Truth …

Southwest Region Conference Third Quadrennial Session Notice

Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Notice is hereby given that the Third Quadrennial Session of the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will convene September 19 - 20, 2015, …

Texas Conference

History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Texas


In 1874, the Seventh-day Adventist Church was well established with headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan. Texas was a mission field. In 1874, Albert Rusk and his wife, Julia, left Nebraska …

Ten Commandments Portrait Gifted


Keene » Gertie Ayala started and organized the Chisolm Trail Estates Sabbath School located in Keene, Texas, now coordinated by Morris Lowery with the assistance of Melissa Walden. Gertie spent …

Conference-Level Bible Adventure


San Antonio » On January 17, 2015, the Texas Conference Youth and Young Adult Department held its first ever conference-level Bible Adventure in San Antonio. Families from all across Texas …

Texico Conference

Adventism Springs Up in the Wild, Wild West


Las Vegas, New Mexico harbored the most “disreputable gang of desperadoes and outlaws.” It may not have been as well-known as other Wild West towns (such as Dodge City, Deadwood, …

Clint Church Celebration and Baptisms


Clint, Tex. » During the weekend of January 30-31, the congregation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Clint, Texas celebrated 15 years in their current church location. The celebration started …

Snow Stopped the Blood from Flowing


Albuquerque, N. Mex. » Learning that a family member has been in a debilitating car accident brings waves of anxiety, concern, and fear. Knowing that a person’s life hangs in …

Southwestern Adventist University

Southwestern Students Take Their Community Projects to Competition in St. Louis


Fifteen Southwestern Adventist University students recently traveled to the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.  The competitions are challenging, team-oriented events that create a sense of accountability and motivation …

Southwestern Union

MOREcompassion Brings Hundreds of Volunteers to San Antonio


San Antonio, Tex. » The excitement subsided after a full morning in the rain. It had been a fun, challenging two weeks of hard work. Marching in the rain with …

Three-day Mega Clinic Provides More Than $20 Million in Health Care Services to 6,192 San Antonio Residents


San Antonio, Tex. » More than 1,700 healthcare professionals and volunteers operated a no-cost mega medical and dental clinic in San Antonio, Texas, on April 8-10, 2015. Organizers announced that …

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May 2015 Classified Ads

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May 2015 Announcements

“Ye Olde” Cedar Lake Academy Reunion will take place June 5-7, 2015 for alumni and classmates of 1965 and earlier at Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Cedar Lake, Michigan. Honor classes: 1935, …


May 2015 Obituaries

BURGESS, Juanita (Susie) K., born August 6, 1936 in Winamac, Ind., and died March 26, 2015 in Amarillo, Tex. She was a member of the Amarillo English church. Survivors: sons, …

On the Record

Praise God!


One of my favorite Ellen White quotes is this one: “In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise …

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