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During the early decades of Seventh-day Adventist missions in the Caribbean, missionaries eschewed public service in the public arena. This stance was influenced by the views of early Adventist leaders and promoted among the laity reaching back to the Millerites. Among the earliest holders of government positions was Frank Bayne of Barbados, who was appointed a member of the colony’s legislative assembly in 1959. Since then, Adventists in the Caribbean have continued to step into the public square. One study shows that at least thirty-two Adventists have held public office in twelve Caribbean countries from 1959 to 2020.
Eugene Theodore Agard was a physicist and Seventh-day Adventist exemplar for creationism.
Neville Gallimore, CD, JP, MD, LLD (Hon), fondly known as “Doc,” was a Jamaican physician, public servant, and advocate for the cause of Christian education, who spotlighted the love of God, both in his native Jamaica and internationally. He was the son of one of the early Adventist pioneers in Jamaica and became the first Adventist politician to serve in the Jamaican parliament, as well as a diplomat, and he laid groundwork for other Adventists to engage in public service. He was an outstanding Adventist Jamaican politician and diplomat.
Bradley Niles was a Barbadian educator and community activist who was instrumental in spotlighting Seventh-day Adventism and its belief system in multireligious Barbados and who had a penchant for serving youth.