Profiles of Service

DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
CONSIDERATIONS
POINTS OF INTEREST

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INSPIRATION INDEX:
FROM THE BIBLE
FROM THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY

RESOURCE INDEX
ADDRESS DIRECTORY


The 150 people you will meet within the pages of Profiles of Service
were selected by the Black Caucus of SDA Administrators because these persons have dedicated themselves to making a difference in their communities and their church.  These stories are of obstacles -trials, poverty, racism and people who didn't believe in them- overcome by faith and turned into stepping-stones.  As a result, their determination to succeed coupled with their commitment to service has brought them all to an inspiring level of accomplishment.

Countless others deserve to be in this volume.  However, these 150 Black Seventh-day Adventists were chosen by the Caucus and 50 representative people across the nation, not because they were the only or most noteworthy persons, but because they are making a unique contribution.  Effort was made to provide balance in gender, profession, and among those who are denominationally and nondenominationally employed.

Between them the editors of Profiles of Service have authored three books.   Delbert Baker's best-selling book The Unknown Prophet, an 1888 Centennial Series volume, is a vindication of the prophetic ministry of Black preacher William Ellis Foy.   His From Exile to Prime Minister tells the story of Seventh-day Adventist Ugandan prime minister and physician Samson Kisekka.  She Fulfilled the Impossible Dream, by DeWitt Williams, is the moving story of Dr. Eva B. Dykes, the first Black female in the United States to complete the requirements for a Ph.D. degree.

Baker is the editor of MESSAGE magazine, the oldest Black-oriented religious journal in the United States.  Williams serves as an associate director in the Health and Temperance Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Their knowledge of church history as it relates to Blacks has uniquely fitted them for the task of editing and coordinating Profiles of Service.  It is their desire that everyone, Black or White, will be able to derive insight as well as inspiration from the lives of the persons presented in these profiles.