Alma McKibbin

(1871-1974). Pioneer educator and textbook writer. Her life was distinguished by two firsts in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was the first church school teacher in California and the author of the first Bible textbooks. These “shoestring” Bible textbooks—so called because the first copies were held together by shoestrings—were used throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. Two of the original copies are still in existence. Mrs. McKibbin graduated from Healdsburg College in 1891 and soon after started a church school in the San Pasqual Valley. After teaching in several church schools, she joined the faculty of her alma mater and transferred to Pacific Union College when the school moved to Howell Mountain. In 1921 she left the college and mov...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.