Denomination Origins

Our denomination finds it’s roots in a movement that goes back to 1831.  William Miller, an upstate New York farmer, Justice of the Peace, U.S. Army Captain in the War of 1812, turned Baptist preacher, began the “Millerite” or “Adventist” movement.  What made this movement so attractive was the proclamation of the soon return of Christ.  Miller interpreted passages of scripture, chiefly Daniel chapter 8, to foretell the time of Jesus’ second coming between 1843 and 1844.  Of course this time came and passed with no return but the movement gained so much traction that it grew beyond his failure of forecasting the Lord’s return.
Five denominations originated from the Millerite Movement-
The Evangelical Adventists- who faded away due to the fact that they had little to distinguish themselves from mainline denominations.
The Advent Christians- (today the largest of the five groups) focused on conditional immortality, soul sleep, and various fruitless attempts at predicting the time of Christ’s return.
The Seventh Day Adventists-focused on the Sabbath Day rest.
The Life and Advent Union- had much in common with the Advent Christians but added that the unbelieving dead were never resurrected (this denomination rejoined the Advent Christian denomination in 1963).
The Church of God of the Abrahamic Covenant- is a small group different from the others in its anti-trinitarianism belief.