New Xulon Book Provides An In-Depth And Refreshing Look At The History And Leadership Of The Seventh-day Adventist Church

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DeWitt S. Williams tells the story of the presidents and how their spirit-filled vision and efforts have amazingly taken the Church into more than 216 countries with a membership exceeding 19 million

Spirit-Filled Leadership: - Portraits of the Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

When things got tough, these leaders drew on their spirit-filled faith to keep on going.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was officially organized in 1863. Since that time, 17 men have led as this small denomination grew from a few hundred to more than 19 million baptized adult members around the world. Within the pages of DeWitt S. Williams’s new book, Spirit Filled Leadership ($29.99, paperback, 9781498446785; $9.99, e-book, 9781498446792), the author writes about some of the Seventh-day Adventist leaders – the men and women at the top of the organizational chain – who believed, inspired, and faithfully followed God’s instruction in Matthew 24:14 to evangelize the world. Starting with the first world president, John Byington, and continuing to the current leader, Ted N. C. Wilson, this outstanding volume profiles the contributions of these devoted leaders. It also portrays the facts about the secretaries and treasurers of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

A reader would be hard-pressed to find another book that gives this wealth of comprehensive information. The author has personally known many of these presidents, secretaries and treasurers. Over 400 pictures will help paint the portraits and tell the story about their families and the growth of the Church. Readers will derive insight as well as inspiration from the lives of the persons presented in these portraits.

“I hope readers will see that growth requires a struggle and a march,” states the author. “When things got tough, these leaders drew on their spirit-filled faith to keep on going. They trusted the promises of the Bible and the counsel of Ellen G. White, the prophetic gift to this Church.”

DeWitt S. Williams graduated from Oakwood College in 1962. He received his doctor of education from Indiana University, one Master's from Andrews University and another Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University. An ordained minister, he served in various capacities within the Adventist Church for forty-six years, retiring in 2010 as the Director of Health for the North American Division. Dr. Williams has traveled to more than 110 countries, written many articles and talked to people about the importance of good health. Dr. Williams has served as a missionary in the Congo, and in Rwanda and Burundi. In addition to Spirit-Filled Leadership, Williams has written or coauthored eight books including Highly Committed, She Fulfilled the Impossible Dream, Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color 2, and Energized! Besides writing, he is an avid exerciser and has run in several marathons.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Spirit Filled Leadership through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

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