WE LIVE, WE LOVE, WE SERVE
It was with wonder and amazement that we watched as the Lord planted, and then grew, the Alpharetta Seventh-day Adventist Church in such a short time. Since our official launch in 2005, we have seen our membership and offerings triple. We have seen God take an incredibly diverse congregation and create a family right before our very eyes. And for this, we give Him all of the praise and honor and glory. But we know that our work here has only just begun.
Given the current population and large influx of people to the area of metro Atlanta, the possibilities for this church are endless. In conjunction with the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, we have held a number of evangelistic meetings, and have continually reached out to help our community with health fairs, Vacation Bible Schools, and numerous life changing seminars.
The Alpharetta Seventh-day Adventist Church invites you to partner with us, and become a part of God’s vision for this community in these last days. Please read on as we share with you the plans that God has put on our hearts.
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.
Pastor Luke Steen was previously Associate Pastor at Marietta Adventist Church, and is a a graduate of Southern Adventist University. Pastor Luke is passionate about empowering Christians to serve God with their individuality and talents. Luke is married to his beautiful wife Carissa, 2nd grade teacher at Atlanta North SDA School. Both Luke and Carissa descend from Adventist ministers. Luke’s favorite Bible verse is Exodus 34:6 and would love to talk to you anytime about it.
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:6 NIV
The year 1889 was quite eventful with the official opening of the Eiffel Tower, the George Washington Bridge, and the first U.S. golf course. The Wall Street Journal began publishing, the dishwashing machine was marketed, and the first computer patented. Montana, Washington, North and South Dakota became states. But to the members of the Alpharetta Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1889 is known only as the year the first Adventist church in Alpharetta was organized. The building was finished in 1899.
In 2004, a group of just seven people stepped out in faith to establish an Adventist church in the Alpharetta area. They did not learn of the early church until later that year, but knew at once their presence was divine providence. Meeting in each other’s homes for awhile, they realized they could not grow without an official meeting place, so they rented a facility, and the first organized service took place June 11, 2005 with approximately 180 people in attendance. That day’s offerings exceeded rent for the entire month.
We don’t know why the first church and school disappeared, but we know Alpharetta and its surrounding towns still need our message of hope and love in this crucial time in history. As one of our favorite hymns proclaims:
“…We believe the time is here, when the nations far and near shall awake, and shout and sing Hallelujah! Christ is King! We have this hope that burns within our hearts, Hope in the coming of the Lord.”