Pioneer Adventist Leader Turns 100
arold Douglas Singleton, who pioneered the Adventist work among Blacks in the southern U.S., recently celebrated his 100th birthday. The occasion was marked by a gathering of relatives and close friends at the Hill Haven Nursing Center in Adelphi, Maryland, on December 10.
Born in 1908, in Brunswick, Georgia, Singleton was baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a teenager in 1925. He graduated from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) during the great depression and later continued his education at Union College and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
Upon entering the ministry, Singleton gained a reputation as a church planter, pastoring churches in Tennessee, Florida, and the Carolinas.
Later he served the Southern Union Conference as Regional Department secretary, overseeing the church’s work among African Americans in the South. In 1946 Singleton became the first president of the newly formed South Atlantic Conference. Eight years later he was called to the Northeastern Conference where he also served as president.
In 1962 Singleton was elected secretary of the North American Regional Department of the General Conference. He served in this position until he retired in 1975. Though retired, Singleton was often called into active service to pastor churches.
Singleton married the former Mary Louise Miller in 1938 and their union has lasted for more than 70 years. The marriage was blessed with six children, five grand children, and one great-grand child.
Source: A Start Gives Light, Southern Union Conference Office of Education, p. 157