Mary E. Britton, educator, social activist journalist, physician, and ardent believer was born during the antebellum era in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 16, 1855.
Charles Decatur Brooks (universally known as “C. D. Brooks”) was one of the most successful evangelists of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as speaker-director of Breath of Life Ministries for twenty-three years was a trailblazer of religious media.
Charles L. Brooks was a pastor, educator, departmental administrator, and acclaimed musician.
Robert Henry Brown served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a professor of physics, college president, and Geoscience Research Institute (GRI) director. His views on creationism, particularly those related to the age of the earth, influenced church administrators and educators, especially from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Sidney Brownsberger was an Adventist educator and administrator. He played a significant role during the early development of Battle Creek College (Andrews University) and Healdsburg College (Pacific Union College). He was considered a “pioneer” in the development of Adventist education.
John A. Brunson was a prominent Southern Baptist minister who accepted Seventh-day Adventism in 1894, rapidly garnered wide acclaim in Adventist circles as a gospel revivalist and Bible teacher, but then returned to the Baptist ministry in 1904. Sophia Brunson preceded her husband in making a public commitment to Adventism. She became a physician who gained recognition throughout the American South for her speaking and writing on health and temperance.
Geneva Bryan, a teacher and nurse, was the first black woman to serve as a General Conference departmental officer.
Franklin Henry Bryant was the first African American Seventh-day Adventist to author a book and the first African American to earn a law degree from the University of Colorado.
William and Rosa Buckner were missionaries in the South Pacific.
Taylor Bunch served as a minister and teacher for almost fifty years, including as president of the Southern Oregon, Southern Idaho, and Michigan Conferences. He became a well-known author of religious articles and books.
John Allen Burden, the co-founder of Loma Linda University and administrator of several sanitariums, wholeheartedly devoted his untiring and self-denying labor to establish an institution where Seventh-day Adventist youth could be educated to become medical missionaries. He had an enthusiastic and unwavering faith in the cause he loved.
Clifford Leslie Burdick, a Seventh-day Adventist consulting geologist, was an outspoken defender of young earth creationism and involved in the search for Noah’s Ark.
Eliza J. Burnham devoted nearly 40 years to editorial service in the Adventist publishing work, during which she helped edit several of the church’s leading periodicals and assisted Ellen White in her literary work.
For more than fifty years Natelkka Izetta Edith Burrell served in the Seventh-day Adventist educational system as a teacher, principal, department chair, professor, and residential dean.
Lucille Spence, whose refusal for treatment at an Adventist hospital was a catalyst for the organization of regional conferences, was born to Harriett and Jesse Spence on September 22, 1877, in Petersburg, Virginia. Lucy’s parents were both born into slavery in southern Virginia in the 1850s and emancipated with the millions of other African Americans during and at the close of the Civil War. The Spences had eight children in all: five daughters, including Lucy, and three sons. Harriett Spence raised the children, while Jesse Spence made a living as a fireman for a railroad company.
John Byington was a circuit-riding preacher, abolitionist, and first General Conference president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Benjamin J. Cady was a minister who, with his wife, Iva Fowler Cady, devoted two decades to educational, editorial, and evangelistic work as missionaries in the South Pacific.
Allan Bryan Cafferky was the first self-supporting Seventh-day Adventist medical missionary to the Cayman Islands.
Joseph E. Caldwell, a physician, and his wife, Julia (Ford) Caldwell, an educator, were pioneer missionaries to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
The California Conference was a unit of church organization that initially comprised the state of California. In later organizational rearrangements it also included at times Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. It was active from 1869 to 1932. Four conferences now cover the state of California: Northern, Central, Southeastern, and Southern, and these conferences are treated in separate articles. This article deals with the beginnings of the Adventist work in California and developments in the history of the California Conference until it was dissolved in 1932.