Prescott would initiate the transformation of Adventist education at an educational convention he sponsored at a little place called Harbor Springs in northern Michigan during July and August 1891.
In December 1890, as we saw last time, Christ came to William Warren Prescott and knocked on the door of his heart. The young educator answered it. And he would never be the same. And neither would Uriah Smith. One results of Prescott’s conversion was a ministry to Smith that led to his public confession and a healing between him and Ellen White.
And so it is that the message of Christ changes lives and reshapes them. But in the case of Prescott the reshaping not only affected individual lives but also had a mighty impact on Adventist education.
You see, Prescott was not merely the president of Battle Creek College — he also was the head of the Seventh-day Adventist Educational Association and soon would be the president of both Union College and Walla Walla College. Being leader of the association and president of three colleges at the same time, the articulate Prescott was in a position to make serious changes in Adventist education.
He would initiate the transformation of Adventist education at an educational convention he sponsored at a little place called Harbor Springs in northern Michigan during July and August 1891.
Up to that point, Adventist education had struggled with its mission and identity. Although Adventists had founded it to be distinctively Christian and to prepare ministers and missionaries, from its beginning at Battle Creek College in 1874 it had been held captive to the pagan classics and the study of Latin and classical Greek. Some reforms had been attempted, but most yet remained to be accomplished.
That is where you and I come in. God wants to take our lives and shape us in such a way that He can use us to reach out had affect others and the larger church. Now, I know that some of you are saying that you have no influence. Not so! Each of us touches other people in some small way every day. It is through bits and pieces of such influence that the snowball of change eventually comes about.
George R. Knight is a retired professor of Church History at the Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. This article is from his book, Lest We Forget, a daily devotional, published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association, page 302. Reprinted with permission.