A Look at Famous Seventh-day Adventists (Part 2)

Fame is not one of the things that usually comes to mind when thinking of Seventh-day Adventism. Christianity is not usually a topic included in pop culture and the mass media. Although it is not usually mentioned, there are many famous people that have either grown up in the Seventh-day Adventist church, or are still part of it.  In our second installment of this article, The Pioneer will look at four more famous people who have ties with the Seventh-day Adventist church.

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1. The first person on our list of famous Seventh-day Adventists is Keidran Jones, better known by his stage name Iyaz. Iyaz is an R&B singer, rapper, and song writer, who was discovered by Sean Kingston in 2008. Iyaz signed a recording contract with Time is Money/Beluga Heights and released a song in 2010 called “Replay.” “Replay” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on charts in other parts of the world, such as the United Kingdom. Iyaz grew up in the Seventh-day Adventist church and still goes from time to time.

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2. The second person on our list is Judge Greg Mathis. Greg Mathis is a retired District Court Judge. He is a syndicated tv show judge. There has been a spiritually based play called Been there, Done that based on his life that toured twenty-two U.S. Cities. Judge Greg Mathis has published a memoir called Inner City Miracle. He grew up with a mother who was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and used to attend church but his membership lapsed.

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3. Next up on our list is Malcolm Little, better known as Malcom X. Malcolm X was an influential human rights activist. In the 1960’s he spoke out against the opression of African-Americans during that time. Malcolm X’s mother was a Seventh-day Adventist and raised him in the church. He later converted to Islam.

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4. The fourth person and last person on our list is Little Richard, born as Richard Wayne Penniman. Little Richard is a singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor. His music falls into a variety of genres such as rock, R&B, and gospel. Little Richard has had many popular songs and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. He was raised Seventh-day Adventist and still considers himself to be Adventist. He has attended Ephesus Adventist Church in Los Angeles and some others. At one point, he became a preacher.


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  1. cant B-lieve tht IYAZ is a SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST !!!

  2. It is an amazing love that began our roots, the SDA’s, just as it was amazing for Abraham chosen by God to be brought out of his heathen background to be a light bearer of God’s grace and mercy to save fallen wretched souls like you and me. God
    needed someone who
    would be . The message we rejected is the message that will save us not by worms they we may have been taught bit by grace. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins,He forgives us a d says come home. To worship H I’m Spirit and in truth. is by knowing the word for yourelf. In the worldly worship that has invaded the church, you must study all week that you may truly worship Him not trying to get it on one Sabbath by come to worship H and not be worshipped, come to be fed and to feed.

    greatful to carry His plan of
    salvation, he chose the Jewish
    nation he had brought them out
    of slavery to be His chosen
    people, not because they were a
    that but because he knew they
    would be gresteful, but as they
    rejected Christ and put h on a
    cruel cross they were rejected
    as a nation and are no longer
    God’s chosen as a nation.

    I too as some of my fellow SDA’s back slid, took on the wood as my friend because of. That training never leaves you, for numourous reasons, divorce and the pain and wounds that flow, whether parental or our own folly or mistskes, relationships formed on passion and not principle falls later like sand, abuse, polotics, rigid parental up bring in by single or married parents. Pain and Jesus gets the blame, the one who paid it all

    We SDA’s missed a rejected message called righteousness by faith 1888, the message that will save has today. With all the pain and backsliding, the guilt the shame that in leaving as Paul we may have let Christ down. What do we do?With all the riches we he gathered, the fame,

  3. The list of famous Seventh Day Adventist should include Chi McBride. He was raised SDA in Chicago

  4. What about Pentatonix? Kevin the beat boxer is a practicing Adventist

    • At the time this article was written, Pentatonix were not nearly as well-known as they are now. When we write a part 3 to this series, we will definitely include Kevin.

  5. Likes like the makings of a part 3. You didn’t include Clifton Davis.

  6. Looks like you need a Part 3. How about Clifton Davis?

  7. Angus T. Jones, The Isley Brothers, Will Keith Kellogg, Sojourner Truth,

  8. Don’t forget Philip Michael Thomas from Miami Vice. He went to Oakwood as an Adventist.

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