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The island of Barbados lies south of the Greater Antilles and east of the Caribbean Islands. In 1890, the first ordained Adventist missionary/minister to the island, Dexter Ball, and a literature evangelist, William Arnold, arrived on the island.

The Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) message arrived in the Caribbean between the late 1880s-early 1890s. This essay seeks to explain why, notwithstanding the prejudices of the state and the established churches, SDA members managed to establish a foothold in the Anglophone Caribbean.

​Oswald Carlyle Walker was among the earliest pioneering pastors of Afro-Caribbean descent to work in the English speaking Caribbean sphere of Seventh-day Adventist missionary work. He contributed to the consolidation of the Adventist work in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.