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S. N. Haskell Biography

S. N. Haskell — Adventist Pioneer, Evangelist, Missionary, and Editor

By Gerald Wheeler

Any real future as a church leader may have seemed highly improbably for Stephen Haskell when, at the age of 17 to honor the request of his dying employer, Haskell married Mary Howe — a woman 21 years his senior and a hopeless invalid — a decision that might have destroyed his future. Yet he would go on to make substantial contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, shaping its structure and outreach for more than half a century. Haskell was a self-made man in the truest sense of the word.

Couched in the social, political, economic, and religious culture of the day, you will find a picture of Haskell as a formidable force in the early Adventist Church. In early manhood, he recognized the call of God and he responded to that call with all his heart, particularly giving himself to the study of God’s Word. Through the years, he grew with the Adventist movement, serving as “preacher, organizer, executive, author, publisher, world traveler; but above all as a leader of the lay forces of the church in literature, correspondence, and personal missionary work.” Ultimately, he led hundreds, if not thousands, to Jesus Christ.

As Haskell taught throughout his life, Adventism must never forget that the Word of God is central to its mission — and His kingdom is its goal. The Word must retain its primacy. Above any historical or doctrinal tradition, Scripture must always be first. If Haskell were alive today, this would still be his overriding theme. And it must remain the focus of the church he helped pioneer.

Hardbound, 384 pages.


    I. Young Bridegroom
    II. Son of New England
    III. Childhood Influences
    IV. A Product of New England
    V. Puritan Culture
    VI. A Strong-Willed Personaliry
    VII. Innovative Leader
    VIII. Distributing the Printed Word
    IX. Creating an Educated Church
    X. Haskell Goes Abroad
    XI. A Most Frightening World
    XII. Aroud-the-World Survey
    XIII. Mary Haskell in California
    XIV. The Bible As the Voice of God
    XV. Death of Mary Haskell
    XVI. Africa Again
    XVII. Back Down Under
    XVIII. Proposing to Prophet
    XIX. Unholy Holiness
    XX. Haskell Visits the American South
    XXI. A Struggle to Reorganize the Church
    XXII. Urban Evangelism
    XXIII. Battle Over Inspiration
    XXIV. Book Author
    XXV. Nashville, Tennessee
    XXVI. The Struggle for Independent Ministries
    XXVII. Transformations in California
    XXVIII. Temperance Struggle in Maine
    XXIX. Death of Ellen G. White
    XXX. Twentieth Century Unlimited
    XXXI. Last Days
    XXXII. New England Flint With a Heart of Gold
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