by Faith Hoyt
The Los Angeles chapter of the Adventist Forum hosted Oak and Acorn author Gilbert Valentine on the last Sabbath of September at the Glendale City church.
Valentine, a recently retired professor of leadership and administration in the School of Education at La Sierra University, is the author of five books, with more on the way. His book, The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage: Issues in the conflict for control of the Ellen G. White publications 1930-1939, was re-published by Oak and Acorn Publishing in 2018.
At the forum, Valentine spoke about coming across correspondence between General Conference president Charles H. Watson and William C. White, Ellen White’s son, while researching another topic. The nature of their correspondence prompted him to delve deeply into the relationship between the White Estate and the General Conference—and ultimately led him to write his book.
The book follows the events that played out between the White Estate (then located at Elmshaven, in California) and the General Conference after Ellen White’s death in 1915. According to Valentine, these events reveal how “tensions develop when roles of authority are not clearly defined.” His research follows the decisions that eventually clarify the understanding that Ellen White’s writings and inspiration belong to the church as a whole.
Valentine’s book was originally published by the Institute of Inter-disciplinary Asian and Adventist Studies at what is now Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand. The third edition of The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage was published by Oak and Acorn Publishing, an initiative of the Ministerial Association and the Communication & Community Engagement Department of the Pacific Union Conference.
“Often we have relied on ‘travel brochure’ versions of our church history,” Valentine said. “Glossy, shiny, no one ever gets hurt. People are real people, and there have been conflicts and difficulties, but we have worked through them. The Lord has guided.”
To learn more about Valentine’s book, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Prophetic-Heritage
Gilbert Valentine is the author of The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage: Issues in the conflict for control of the Ellen G. White publications 1930-1939, reprinted by Oak and Acorn Publishing in 2018.
Photo: Faith Hoyt