Health and Temperance Department (GC)

The department of the General Conference that, with its director, associate directors, and staff, fosters, counsels, evaluates, maintains close contact with, and aids Seventh-day Adventist medical work and institutions throughout the world, promoting temperance and health education in churches, schools, and to the public, and encouraging higher levels of health and well-being. History of Health Department — The Forerunner of the Department . The earliest organization sponsored by Seventh-day Adventists for the overall guidance of the denomination’s medical work was the Seventh-day Adventist Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association (later the International Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association). This organization was incorporated in 1893, with J. H. Kellogg, M.D., as presid...

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