Dexter Ball

(1851-1906). Pioneer worker in the West Indies; minister. He was the seventh child of a poor farm family in southwestern New York. While working as a farmhand he was converted and joined the Baptist Church in 1873, and preached on occasion. Embracing Seventh-day Adventist beliefs in 1874, he actively propagated them by word of mouth and through the sale of publications. He became a full-time preacher in New York and Pennsylvania and formed a number of churches. In 1890 he and William Arnold, a colporteur, were sent to do pioneer self-supporting work in the West Indies. Ball spent two years in the islands and established churches on Barbados and Antigua before a developing cancer of the stomach made his return to the United States necessary. Recovering somewhat, he preached and sold books a...

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

Vertical Tabs