About Us

In November, 1848, Ellen White, young prophetess for the Adventist people, received a vision from the Lord. She instructed her husband James: “You must begin to print a little paper and send it out to the people…. From this small beginning it was shown to me to be like streams of light that went clear round the world” (Life Sketches, p. 125). James went to work. By the following summer he had prepared the first issue of The Present Truth, which he mailed—1,000 copies—to people he thought might be interested.

That was the first endeavor of the people who later would take the name “Seventh-day Adventists”. It was the beginning of our publishing work. It was the beginning of the church paper, which soon took the name Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, and later Adventist Review. Its purposes are the same as James White’s in 1849: to bind together the Adventist people as we wait for Jesus to come back, by sharing news and information about the church plus articles on doctrine, spiritual growth and mission.

In 2005, the magazine Adventist World was launched with the mission to uplift Jesus-Christ, uniting Seventh-day Adventists everywhere in beliefs, mission, life, and hope. Whereas Adventist Review has a readership mostly in North America, Adventist World has a truly global readership: almost 1.5 million copies per month are printed and distributed free of charge to members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 7 languages, in 8 countries, on 5 continents, to over 150 countries. Another version, Adventist World Digest is printed quarterly in Russian, Serbian, Hungarian.

Our Staff

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Bill Knott
Senior Editor

Bill Knott

editor and publisher

Executive editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World since January, 2007. Before his appointment, Bill served as an associate editor for nine years.

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Lael Caesar
associate editor

Lael Caesar

associate editor

Whenever Lael Caesar summarizes his life he tells you three things: “my father is my hero; my family is my pride; and the service of God is my joy.”

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Costin Jordache
director of communication

Costin Jordache

Director of Communication

Costin Jordache serves as director of communication for Adventist Review Ministries and news editor for Adventist Review/Adventist World magazines.

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Sandra Blackmer
assistant editor

Sandra Blackmer

assistant editor

Sandra joined the Adventist Review staff in May 2004 as news editor. In May 2007 she assumed assistant editor responsibilities that include coordinating one monthly edition.

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Merle Poirier
operations manager

Merle Poirier

operations manager

Merle was born and raised in Washington, D.C. area. She has worked in various capacities at the General Conference. Beginning in the Health Ministries Department.

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Marvene Thorpe-Baptiste
editorial assistant

Marvene Thorpe-Baptiste

editorial assistant

Marvene joined the Adventist Review team in September 2007. After obtaining a degree in elementary education from the University of the Southern Caribbean.

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Judy Thomsen
correspondence editor

Judy Thomsen

correspondence editor

Judy joined the staff at the end of 2007 for specials projects and as correspondence editor. She also works with the many prayer requests that come every day. She is from Washington State.

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Gerald Klingbeil
Associate editor

Gerald Klingbeil

associate editor

Gerald was born and raised in Germany. He brings with him 15 years of teaching and ministry experience in South Africa, Peru, Argentina, and the Philippines.

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André Brink
associate editor

André Brink

associate editor

Andre Brink says that his destiny was determined by his two grandfathers – one was an entrepreneurial professional photographer and the other an avid evangelist.

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Stephen Chavez
assistant editor

Stephen Chavez

assistant editor

Chavez joined the Adventist Review staff in 1994, after serving nearly 20 years in pastoral ministry in California and Nevada. Steve and his wife, Linda, have two grown children.

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Wilona Karimabadi
assistant editor and Kidsview marketing director

Wilona Karimabadi

assistant editor and Kidsview marketing director

In January 2007, Wilona joined the Adventist Review and Adventist World staff full time as marketing and editorial director for KidsView, the Review‘s magazine for children.

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Kimberly Brown
assistant editor and Kidsview marketing director

Kimberly Brown

administrative and financial manager

Kim joined the Adventist Review Ministries staff in June 2015. She assists the editor/executive publisher with management direction, relationship with publishing partners, and financial administration.

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Sharon Tennyson
assistant to the marketing director

Sharon Tennyson

assistant to the marketing director

Sharon Tennyson joined the Adventist Review and Adventist World staff in December 2011. Prior to that, she and her family were missionaries in Thailand for five years.

About the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.

Currently, Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events. In each teaching, God is the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity. To see more via our main website please click the link below.

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