Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

Early Korean Church Leaders, 1907. Mimi Scharffenberg is in the front row, second from left. Photo courtesy of Kuk Heon Lee.

Which Adventists Are Buried in Rock Creek Cemetery?

Story by Shannon Kelly / Photo courtesy of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Archives

ROCK CREEK CEMETERY 201 Allison St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Stroll around the cemetery, and you will find hundreds of Adventist tombstones—including Mimi Scharffenberg’s, a foundational pioneer Adventist missionary in Korea. She later became sick, was admitted to the Washington Sanitarium, and eventually died from the illness. Apollos Hale, a prominent preacher in the Millerite Movement and an editor of the Advent Herald, is also buried there.

“[The Washington, D.C./Takoma Park area] was a major center for Adventism, and many of these early stalwart pioneers are buried here,” says Campbell.

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The Columbia Union Conference—which covers the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States—is home to many locations where people of the Seventh-day Adventist faith made (and continue to make) history. But how did the greater Washington, D.C., area become a church hub in the first place? And where can one find impactful, lesser-known historic sites within the Columbia Union territory?

Take a road trip with historians Michael Campbell, North American Division director of Archives, Statistics, and Research, and Phillip Warfield, a Ph.D. candidate studying United States 20th Century History at Howard University (D.C.), as they introduce—or for some, reintroduce—several interesting and exciting Adventist spots you and your family can visit this summer. So, grab your hiking boots and sunscreen because we’re off!

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