"When a great and decisive work is to be done, God chooses men and women to do this work, and it will feel the loss if the talents of both are not combined" (Ellen G. White, Evangelism, p. 469).
When God Chooses Women
Women have always played an important part in the work of the church, even in biblical times. In the history of the Adventist church, women have served in almost all capacities, filling a wide variety of roles. It is important that we take note of their accomplishments to encourage us to preserve and to inspire future generations to take up the tasks their forebearers faithfully carried out.
Each of these women is important in her own right. She is also a representative of the thousands who have labored and worked in each of the fifty-year periods of the Adventist Church history indicated in this brochure. Still today, distinguished women are often unknown and unnoticed.
Thousands of other women could, and should be mentioned, but we trust that the example of these faithful women will be a blessing as you use your gifts for God.
- Download PPTX, NEW Adventist Women of Distinguished Service PowerPoint presentation with photos and biographies (updated October 17, 2023)
- Download PDF, Adventist Women of Distinguished Service brochure with biographies
- Download PDF, The Early Years brochure with timeline
- Read this article, "Distinguished Service: 18 Women", written by Heather-Dawn Small, published in Adventist Review, March 1, 2020.
- Lean more about Mrs. Sarepta Myrenda Irish Henry, first leader for a "Woman Ministry" at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
- Learn more about Rose Otis (1940-2023) first director for the General Conference Office and Department of Women's Ministries. Adventist Review obituary
- Read this article about Elizabeth Elwin, missionary pioneer to Central America, posted at ANN, July 25, 2020 (published in Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists).