Adventism has been plagued with various factions throughout its history with none so prominent as the terms ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’. ‘Orthodox’ and ‘progressive’ and other labels that have been used, sometimes in a derogatory fashion and sometimes as a badge of honour. Dr. Michael Campbell, unpacks the history of the 1919 Bible Conference, which played a huge, but often understated role in some of these issues in our church today.

Michael W Campbell, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion at Southwestern Adventist University

Michael W. Campbell, Ph.D., is professor of religion at Southwestern Adventist University. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and served for six years as a missionary training pastors at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines.

He has published numerous popular and peer-reviewed journal articles about theology and religious history.

He served as assistant editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013), and editor of The Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary (2015-2018). He is the founding editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism. Some of his recent books include 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism (Pacific Press, 2019), The Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism (Pacific Press, 2020), and The Story of the Adventist Pastor (Pacific Press, 2020).

He is married to Heidi who is a PhD student in Early Modern History at Baylor University. They have two children, Emma (age 13) and David (age 11). Together they enjoy camping, gardening, bird watching, and Pathfinders.

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