An interview with the founder of Adventist Contact, who wishes to remain unidentified*:
When was Adventist Contact started, and why?
The Adventist Contact ministry was started in 1972, because it was needed. My own parents were Adventists from similar backgrounds, but they had a terrible marriage that ended in divorce, because they were not compatible. I've watched friends and family members date and marry outside of our faith, with resulting problems. Many of them have left the church. I felt that there had to be a better way.
How did you go about establishing this ministry?
First, I went to see a friend who was a high-ranking General Conference official. Since duplicate services would be unproductive, I wanted to make sure that the organized church was not already working on such a ministry. It turned out that they were not. However, he said that the church would be grateful if I would create a dating ministry for single Adventists.
As an experienced innovator and coordinator with university training, I started by developing a team. With God's help, I wanted it to be the very best possible. I reached out to professionals in related fields, including university professors and some well-known authors. Soon we assembled a group of consultants of various backgrounds and ethnicities. Marriage counselors, testing specialists, ministers, a sociologist—all contributed their viewpoints and expertise. I know of no other dating service, Adventist or otherwise, that has benefited from such capable professional assistance.
How long did it take before you started seeing results?
Couples who met through Adventist Contact in 1974 and wed in 1975 are still happily married. God has blessed us with an unparalleled history of success. We've received as many as six wedding or engagement announcements in one week. I keep in touch with some of the families, and take great pleasure in seeing pictures of their children and grandchildren.
What is special about Adventist Contact?
We aren't like other dating or matching sites. We want to make sure that we introduce people who share as many interests and values as possible, not just let them surf photos or mingle in a chat room. We continue to bring in new consultants, volunteers, and employees to keep our work fresh, current, and relevant.
As Christians, we have two important objectives: bring people to Christ and His truth, and care for those whom He has already entrusted to our care. Adventist Contact is Seventh-day Adventist owned, and is operated as a soul-keeping ministry to our own Church family. We are anxious to provide the best service—in order to attract the best single Adventists who will make the best sweethearts and spouses. Please remember this ministry, and single Adventists, in your prayers.
* In obedience to the words of Christ in Matthew 6: 1 and 3, LNT "Take care! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired . . . but when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly." Adventist Contact has never published the names or photos of its staff, consultants, employees or volunteers.