About the Brooklyn SDA Church
We are a multi-ethnic congregation joined together in the faith of Jesus Christ our Savior. We believe in the soon return of Jesus who concludes human history and will establish His Kingdom forever. Reviewing our past shows that by God’s providence the Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long-standing local heritage.
Historically, this church is a descendant of the First German Seventh-day Adventist Church organized on November 8, 1908 with a charter membership of ten people, thus having the distinction of being Cleveland’s second Adventist congregation at the time, following that of its mother church, then on Hough Avenue on the city’s east side. Through the years the German congregation grew and worshiped in two successive church buildings, first on West 14th Street for a number of years and then beginning in 1955 at the current site on State Road, both edifices being in predominantly German neighborhoods on the southwest side of town. By 1972, however, the German membership had declined considerably, in which case the church became English-speaking, bringing to it eventual growth; also, its name was changed to the Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist Church, which remains to this day. Today, this church continues to share the blessed hope in the Brooklyn and surrounding area of greater Cleveland.*
*Historical information supplied by Michael J. Rebich.
About Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to enhance quality of life for people everywhere and to let people know that Jesus is coming again soon.
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything—the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us—is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.