Our Faith

What is a Seventh - Day Adventist?

The Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church began in the 1800s during the Second Great Awakening, a time of religious revival in the United States. The first members of the church came from the Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Christian Connection denominations. Over the following decades, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has grown to become its own unique domination, today having over 20 million members worldwide. The SDA Church is well known globally for its excellence in healthcare, education, and human service activities.

The name Seventh-day Adventist refers to the church's two core beliefs. Respecting the fourth commandment, Adventists worship on Saturday, the Seventh day of the week, as the Sabbath. The word Adventist refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return and take his followers home to heaven. Adventists believe in the future advent, or return, of Jesus. You can find out more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church at https://www.adventist.org/beliefs



Adventist Education


The first known church school for Seventh-day Adventists was opened in 1853 by teacher Martha Byington in Buck's Bridge, NY. The school started in the parlor of a church member's home with 17 students, ages 2 - 14.

Today, you will find Adventist schools in nearly 150 countries, from preschools to graduate schools. With thousands of teachers, over a million students, and over 8,000 schools, the Adventist school system is one of the largest Christian educational systems in the world. To learn more about Adventist Education, visit https://adventisteducation.org


Our Local Churches

Mount Vernon SDA Elementary School is supported by two local churches in Knox County, the Mount Vernon Hill SDA Church and the Fredericktown SDA Church. MVE students and staff members attend our churches regularly and our entire school often participates in a church service at both our churches during the school year. If you would like to learn more about either church visit their websites or Facebook pages, attend a service in person, or watch their services online.