Seventh-day Adventists

Alonzo T. Jones


E. J. Waggoner

1888 Turn-


 Background Picture: Ellen White at 1901 General Conference

A. T. Jones (Scholar)


      "A.[lonzo] T.[révier] Jones (1850–1923) was a Seventh-day Adventist  known for his impact on the theology of the church, along with friend and associate Ellet J. Waggoner."  

     "Jones was born in Rock Hill in Lawrence County, Ohio in 1850.   When he was 20 years old, he joined the United States Army, serving until 1873.   While serving in the armed forces Jones spent his spare time poring over historical works, primarily of ancient history.    Applying the knowledge thus gained to the prophecies of the Bible, Jones later wrote three large volumes dealing with the subject of Bible prophecy (The Two Republics, 1891; and The Great Empires of Prophecy, 1898; Ecclesiastical Empire, 1901; The Empires of the Bible, 1897)."

     "Upon discharge from the army, Jones became a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and began preaching in California. His proclivity for writing lead him to connect with the editor of Signs of the Times magazine, an evangelistic periodical published by the church.   In May 1885, he became assistant editor of that publication.    A few months later, he and Dr. E. J. Waggoner became co-editors; Jones held this position until 1889."

    "In addition to this position, together with E. J. Waggoner, in 1887 Jones also became editor of the American Sentinel, the official organ of the religious liberty department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (later known as the Sentinel of Liberty, and finally simply Liberty magazine).    Jones served as editor of this publication until 1896.   In 1897 Jones was voted into the General Conference Committee, serving until 1899.     Also in 1897, he was appointed editor of the church’s flagship publication, Review and Herald magazine (now the Adventist Review), where he served until 1901 with Uriah Smith as his associate editor."

      "Jones’s most significant contributions were his sermons on Christ and His righteousness presented at the 1888 Minneapolis General Conference session, as well as General Conference sessions in 1893 and 1895. He is also known for later writings on that subject, and his work in preserving the liberty of conscience guaranteed under the First Amendment.".

      "In 1889, A.T. Jones spoke before a United States Congressional sub- committee; the topic of discussion was the “Breckinridge Bill” which proposed the compulsion of Sunday observance in the Washington, D.C. environs.     Jones’s testimony helped to defeat this bill, and Jones became known for his abilities in defense of and knowledge regarding freedom of religion.     . In 1892, he was again called to speak before the U.S. Congress regarding the Sunday closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, known as “The Columbia Exposition".

      "From 1901 to 1903, Jones served as president of the California Conference of the church.    Leaving this position, he accepted an invitation to work with Dr. John Harvey Kellogg at the Battle Creek Sanitarium at Battle Creek, Michigan, which was under Kellogg’s directorship.    Because Kellogg was at that time in conflict with the leadership of the church, Jones was counseled not to pursue this course.    Coupled with tensions arising from theological opposition that had dogged him since the 1888 General Conference session, Jones’s association with Kellogg soon soured his allegiance to the Church and ceased his denominational employment and fellowship."

      "Though separated from fellowship, A.T. Jones remained loyal to the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church until his death in 1923."

E. J. Waggoner

     "E.[llet] J.[oseph] Waggoner (January 12, 1855 – May 28, 1916) was a Seventh-day Adventist particularly known for his impact on the theology of the church, along with friend and associate Alonzo T. Jones."

      "Waggoner was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin on January 12, 1855, to Joseph Harvey and Maryetta Hall Waggoner. He was the sixth of ten children."

      "His father had joined the Advent group in 1852, which would later become the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Soon thereafter he became a leading preacher and writer, and remained active until his death in 1889.    He was on the committee that adopted the official name, Seventh-day Adventist that is still in use today."

     "Ellet Waggoner attended Battle Creek College (now Andrews University) and later graduated as a physician from Bellevue Medical College in New York City.     For some time he served on the staff of Battle Creek Sanitarium. During this time, he married Jessie Moser, whom he had met at Battle Creek College.     Jessie and Waggoner had two daughters, Bessie and Pearl.   They moved to California about 1880, where he served as manager of the St. Helena Sanitarium in Saint Helena, California.".

      "In October 1882, Waggoner had a remarkable experience while attending a camp meeting at Healdsburg, California.     The experience forever changed his approach to spiritual matters.     Upon the occasion of his death, a letter was found that had not been posted yet to his old friend, M. C. Wilcox..     In this letter he repeated the account of his remarkable experience in 1882".

      "In 1883, Waggoner stopped practicing medicine and became the assistant editor for the Signs of the Times — an official paper presenting the stands and views of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His father, J. H. Waggoner was then the editor."

      "He met Alonzo T. Jones in 1884. In 1886 Ellet Waggoner and his friend Jones became joint editors of the Signs of the Times.    Waggoner held this post until 1891.    The magazine carried numerous articles from his pen during the five crucial years preceding the historic 1888 Minneapolis General Conference.".

      "In 1888 Waggoner gave a memorable series of sermons on righteousness by faith at the General Conference session held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.    This General Conference Session was the most written about and historic of any in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.    The events surrounding and topics presented at that session continue to be debated and studied."

     "In 1892 Waggoner went to England where he became the editor of The Present Truth magazine. He remained there for ten years, working with W. W. Prescott in the training school in England, and continuing in his writing and studies on Christ and His righteousness."

     "Upon his return to the United States, he joined the faculty of Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University).    Because of a divorce and his subsequent remarriage, he separated from denominational employment.   He spent the last years of his life employed by the Battle Creek Sanitarium."

      "Waggoner died at home in Battle Creek on Friday, May 28, 1916.    He had been visiting with his daughter Pearl and her husband, Adventist pastor Elder Ellis Howard who were visiting on their way to the mission field.   After retiring, he had a stroke in his sleep."


  • The Glad Tidings (1900)
  • The Everlasting Covenant (1896)
  • The Gospel in Creation (1895)
  • The Gospel in Galations (1887)
  • Waggoner on Romans (1896)
  • Sermons on Romans (1891)
  • Christ and His Righteousness (1889)

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