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Enos Washington Crawford began colporteur work in northwest Arkansas in 1883. Photo courtesy of the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.

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Our Story Begins

Welcome to the Arkansas-Louisiana Seventh-day Adventist History online. Our story is rooted in the early Adventists who had the vision and commitment to spread the Seventh-day Adventist message throughout Arkansas and Louisiana. It is a story of heeding the commission to “go and make disciples” in hopeful anticipation of our Savior’s soon return. The story began when Adventists began sending tracts and pamphlets to friends and neighbors in our territory. Many of our churches and schools started because a family moved to a community with no other Adventists, but faithfully invited their friends and neighbors to study the Bible with them. And of course no Adventist story is complete without our colporteurs, Bible workers, and evangelists. Every one of these people played a significant role in spreading the three angels’ message throughout the two states that constitute our conference.


Remember the days of long ago.
    Think about what the Lord did through those many years.
Ask your father. He will tell you.
    Ask your elders. They’ll explain it to you.

Deut. 32:7 NIRV


Enjoy this brief glimpse into the history of our conference, and the churches, schools, gatherings, and people that played an important role in your walk with Jesus. See the hand of God guiding his people as they established the Seventh-day Adventist faith in this area. Be inspired to follow their wonderful example and write another chapter in this story with your own life, that is an inspiration to others around you.

Rebecca Burton, Website Director


Information on this website has been carefully researched using early Seventh-day Adventist publications, minutes from meetings, genealogical websites, newspapers, maps, records from the Arkansas-Louisiana conference archives, encyclopedias, and stories and photos from members. If you have additional information, please contact us at the link above.