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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.

The East Caribbean Conference is a part of the Caribbean Union Conference in the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. It was organized in 1926 and reorganized in 1945, 1960, 1975, 1984, and 1999. The territory divided and reorganized yet again in 2012. Its headquarters is in St. Michael, Barbados, and its territory is comprised of Barbados and Dominica.

​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.