Rooted in the religious fervor of 19th-century America, the Seventh-day Adventist Church
emerged from the teachings of William Miller, a Baptist preacher whose prediction of the
Second Coming of Christ sparked the Great Disappointment of 1844. From this arose a new
movement, led by figures such as Ellen G. White, Joseph Bates, and James White, who
emphasized Sabbath observance, healthy living, and a belief in the imminent return of Christ.
The SDA church, with its rich tapestry of history and belief, stands as a testament to the
enduring power of faith and community.

Hope Studios

Throughout its history, Adventism has faced challenges and controversies, yet it has also left an
indelible mark on society. From its establishment of educational institutions like Loma Linda
University and Andrews University to its emphasis on healthcare through institutions such as the
AdventHealth System, the church has sought to promote holistic well-being and social

Today, boasting a global membership of over 20 million individuals spanning nearly 200
countries, the Seventh-day Adventist Church remains dedicated to its core values of health,
education, and community service. Its influence continues to shape its identity and mission in
the 21st century.

As we cast our gaze toward the future, the Seventh-day Adventist Church remains a beacon of
hope and inspiration. Reflecting on its journey through history, we are reminded of the resilience
of faith and the power of collective action. In this spirit, Hope Studios, the cinematic arm of Hope
Channel International, is excited to announce their upcoming film, The Hopeful, which aims to
celebrate the enduring legacy of the early Adventist church. Join them on this cinematic journey
as they inspire audiences and explore the timeless truths and values that continue to define our

The Hopeful will release in over 900 theaters nationwide this April 2024.