Edward Earl Cleveland, a well-known Seventh-day Adventist evangelist, administrator, and professor has died in the Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama at the age of 88.
Cleveland spent his many years of Adventist ministry preaching and teaching the Gospel message that he held dear, as well as working to secure civil rights and racial equality.
The Adventist News Network reports:
- Cleveland served the Adventist Church for more than 60 years as a pastor, evangelist, church leader, teacher, civil rights leader, and mentor to thousands of preachers.
Commenting on Cleveland's time of service, ANN notes:
- During his lifetime Cleveland published 15 books, including his autobiography "Let the Church Roll On." In it, Cleveland recounts working for racial equality within world church leadership.
When elected associate secretary for the Ministerial Association in 1954, Cleveland became the first black man to integrate a department of the Adventist world church headquarters. He remained in the position for 23 years.
Cleveland officially became a pastor at age 21 when he went to work for the Carolina Conference. His ministerial work, however, began many years before when he preached his first sermon at age 9. By age 13 he was serving as Sabbath school superintendent for his church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Read the full report on E. E. Cleveland here.
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