History of Adventist Today
The first issue of Adventist Today appeared in the spring of 1993. The idea of such a publication was conceived the previous fall by a group at Loma Linda, California, comprised of Keith Colburn, the late Raymond Cottrell, the late Richard Hammill, Ervin Taylor and Jim Walters, who participated together in a Sabbath School class at the University Church. The founders originally envisioned a scholarly publication, but soon changed its focus to a primarily journalistic publication. They believed that the maturing Seventh-day Adventist denomination must have objective news and open discussion of issues in order to achieve the representative type of church governance that it claims.
By late 1998 Adventist Today had a paid circulation of nearly 2500 subscribers in all 50 states and in a dozen countries beyond the U.S. Several very talented persons have ably served in editorial roles: Raymond Cottrell, Duane Covrig, Steve Daily, Delwin Finch, Cheri Lynn Gregory, the late Gayle Saxby, James Stirling, Colleen Moore Tinker, James Walters and Susan Walters.
The name Adventist Today was chosen to convey a journalistic intent, but more importantly to suggest the priority of contemporary Adventism. Therefore, Adventist Today, dedicated to the mission and well-being of the church, is a journal of news, analysis and opinion that assists thoughtful Adventists in forming accurate, balanced opinions on current events and issues within the church. As the masthead states in each issue: "Following basic principles of ethics and canons of journalism, this publication strives for fairness, candor, and good taste." The editors realize that many church members prefer an official presentation of news and issues, and respect that view. Adventist Today is for people who prefer to think issues through for themselves on the basis of all the available facts.
Adventist Today is published bimonthly by the Adventist Today Foundation, a California non-profit entity. Our office is located on the campus of La Sierra University. We meet publication expenses equally through subscriptions and charitable contributions, and we are currently raising a Raymond F. Cottrell Endowment to ensure the future of Adventist Today.