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Seventh-day Adventism is a Protestant faith community of 17.5 million members globally. USA Today reported (March 17, 2011) that SDA is the fastest-growing denomination in the United States. Adventists have a governance system similar to United Methodists; General Conference headquarters are in suburban Washington, DC, with 13 divisions around the world.
As their name implies, Seventh-day Adventists are distinguished by their observance of Saturday as the Sabbath and their historic emphasis on the literal and visible return of Jesus. SDAs emphasize a holistic and healthy lifestyle. They confess Christ as their only hope of salvation.
While SDAs attribute a prophetic ministry to Ellen G. White, the official denominational statement of beliefs acknowledges the Bible alone as supreme doctrinal authority.
Notable contemporary Adventists include Barry Black, chaplain of the U. S. Senate, and Benjamin Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon whose comments at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast made him an instant celebrity among political conservatives.