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How Seventh-day Adventists found a home in Berrien Springs

Denomination members talk culture, history in Southwest Michigan

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BERRIEN SPRINGS — For every 20 people in Berrien County, at least one belongs to a Seventh-day Adventist church.

The global denomination has deep roots in this corner of Southwest Michigan, as the church is the second largest denomination in Berrien – the only larger being the Roman Catholic Church.

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A bronze sculpture of John Nevins Andrews, the first Seventh-day Adventist missionary, is pictured in front of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

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Professor Meredith Jones Gray leads a class on Approaches to English Studies on Wednesday at Buller Hall on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

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A student walks walks through the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs on Wednesday.

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A student heads to the James White Library on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

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