by: Dr. Naren James
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Danville was Kentucky’s first state capitol. It is the home of Centre College, and has been consistently rated one of the top five cities of its size to live in by US News and World Report. Despite it’s interesting history and a population of over 15,000 people, one important landmark was missing in Danville: no Seventh-day Adventist church.
In December of 2004, a group of Adventists from churches near Danville brainstormed how to change that. Led by Dr. Naren James and Sam Soler, this small group resolved that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Danville would have its first SDA church.
The group began to meet in early 2005 and have Bible studies together with people they invited every Thursday. By 2007, the group was big enough to begin a monthly branch Sabbath school and church service.
In the summer of 2009, the Grove SDA congregation sponsored the group, and it became the Danville Mission Group. The Holy Spirit continued to bring new souls into the congregation and on July 16, 2011 the group was organized into the Danville Seventh-day Adventist Company.
On Sabbath, June 22, 2013, the Danville Seventh-day Adventist Church was organized and became the 99th church in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. Elder Steve Haley, conference President, and Elder Steve Rose, conference Executive Secretary, participated in the service. Testimonies were shared by new members Joe and Donna Forgacs, Ramona Brummet, and Dale Wilkinson.