Center for Adventist Research Staff

Head and shoulders portrait of Dr. Merlin D. Burt

Merlin Burt

 
Merlin Burt
Director

Dr. Merlin D. Burt, founding director of the integrated Center for Adventist Research, has held this position since November 2003. He is also director of the Andrews University White Estate Branch Office and professor of church history at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

Previous to his present position he served for ten years as director of the Loma Linda University White Estate Branch Office, as chair of Archives and Special Collections, and with the Faculty of Religion at Loma Linda University.  All together He has been employed by the Ellen G. White Estate for more than 20 years. Dr. Burt received his PhD from the Andrews University Theological Seminary in 2003.  His dissertation examined the development and integration of the Sabbath, sanctuary, and Ellen White’s role in Sabbatarian Adventism between 1844 and 1849.

Dr. Burt has published various articles and chapters and has served as a speaker, editor, and organizer of various conferences and symposiums. He authored Adventist Pioneer Places: New York and New England.  He is in the process of writing a textbook on the development of Seventh-day Adventist theology and is editor of a soon to be published volume Understanding Ellen White for the Ellen G. White Estate.

Previous to his academic and administrative appointments Dr. Burt served as a pastor in Ohio and California in the United States.  He and Sarah, his wife of 35 years, have two sons and a teenage daughter.  They also have a five-year-old granddaughter. Dr. Burt’s hobbies include collecting Adventist related materials and woodworking. He has a passion that Seventh-day Adventists connect God’s leading in the past to a personal living Christian experience.

 
 

Head and shoulders portrait of James R. Ford.

Jim Ford

Jim Ford
Associate Director

Jim has been the Associate Director of the Center for Adventist Research since 2003. He also serves as the Managing Editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index, and is very active with the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians.

He came to Andrews University in 1991 as the Curator of the Adventist Heritage Center, a position he held until it was integrated into the Center for Adventist Research in November 2003. Previous to coming to Andrews University he held the position of Records Manager at the Office of Archives and Statistics of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He was also involved in the re-organization of the General Conference Library in 1982.

He holds a MA degree in American history with an emphasis on middle 19th century history, and a MLS degree in Library and Information Science with an emphasis on archival management.  Both degrees were earned from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is also a graduate of Andrews University with a BA degree in history.  He is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center as well as collection management.

 

Juliette Johnson

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson
Assistant Director / Adventist Digital Library Manager

Julie joined the staff at the Center for Adventist Research in 2011 as the Administrative Assistant and transitioned to being our Digitization Manager. Prior to coming to Andrews University, Julie worked at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in the admissions office.  She has a strong background in technology, data organization, and history, which has helped grow our digitization work since she became Manager.

Julie holds a BA degree in Art History from Pacific Union College. Her earlier years were spent in the mission field with her parents in Singapore, Palau, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka.

 

Kevin Burton

Kevin Burton

Kevin Burton
Adventist Digital Library Assistant and Research Writer

Kevin joined the staff at the Center for Adventist Research in 2014 as an assistant in Digitization. Prior to coming to the Center for Adventist Research Kevin taught English as a second language in the Czech Republic for one year, served as Chaplain at Ozark Adventist Academy for two years, and taught middle school in South Korea for six months. Kevin plans to complete a PhD in American Church history.

Kevin holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Adventist University. His earlier years were spent in Texas and Arkansas.

 

Head and shoulders portrait of Camille Clayton.

Camille Clayton

Camille Clayton
Cataloging Assistant

Camille has been the Cataloging Assistant for the Center for Adventist Research since 2004. Her attention to detail and skills in accurately identifying information make her a valuable and appreciated worker.  She shares cataloging responsibility with the James White Library Bibliographic Services, but she is the principal cataloger of Center materials.  Camille holds a BS degree in Management and a BA degree in French from Andrews University.

 

 

Head and shoulders portrait of Wendy Halder.

Wendy Halder

Wendy Halder
Collections Associate

Wendy has been the Collections Associate of the Center for Adventist Research since 2010. Her work includes managing the 1,000 plus subscriptions to print and electronic periodicals as well as other aspects of the Center’s extensive periodical holdings.  She also serves as a Reference Specialist and is involved in many activities at the Center. Wendy is a graduate of Andrews University with a BFA degree in Photography. Wendy has worked previously in sales as well as spending a year in Moscow, Russia, teaching English.

 

Heidi Magesa

Heidi Magesa

Heidi Magesa
Administrative Assistant

Heidi became the Administrative Assistant of the Center for Adventist Research in July 2013. She is responsible for responding to patron requests, assisting Dr. Burt with his class paperwork, ordering supplies and many other office duties.  She is the one you will most likely interact with if you contact the Center.  She also serves as a Reference Specialist helping researchers who come to the Center.  Heidi holds a BT degree from Andrews University in Graphic Arts Imaging.

 

Stanley Hickerson

Stan Hickerson

Stan Hickerson
Annotation Project Editor, Ellen G. White® Estate, Inc.

Stanley D. Hickerson joined the staff of the Ellen G. White® Estate as Annotation Project Editor in 2013. He works out of an office in the Center for Adventist Research. His knowledge of Adventist history and research experience make him especially suited to this position. Previous to coming to the White Estate he was a pastor of the Stevensville, Michigan, Seventh-day Adventist church as well as numerous other churches in Michigan and California.  He has been very involved with Adventist Heritage Ministries in their work of acquiring and restoring home and buildings associated with Adventist pioneers.

 

Alice Williams

Alice Williams

Alice Williams
University Archivist, Andrews University Archives

Dr. Alice Williams has been University Archivist since 2010. Previously she held the position of Director of University Assessment; Director, Institutional Excellence; and North Central Association Accreditation Self-Study Coordinator. She also was an associate Professor of Nutrition at Andrews University from 1983-88, and 1993-2000. Dr. Williams received her PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1979.  Her dissertation was entitled: Conforming and Nonconforming Food-Related Behavior, Values, and Socio-Demographic Characteristics of Young Adults. She also serves on the local infant mortality review committee, is on the board of the Berrien County Mental Health Authority, and is involved in various roles at Pioneer Memorial Church.

 

Katy Wolfer

Katy Wolfer

Katy Wolfer
Special Projects Manager

Katy has been the Special Projects Manager of the Center for Adventist Research since 2007. Her duties cover a broad spectrum including coordinating study tours, planning symposiums, preparing printed materials, and producing exhibits for display. Previous to coming to the Center she was Graphics Manager of Lithotech, the in-house print shop, at Andrews University, and Administrative Assistant at the Andrews University Department of Communication. She is a graduate of Andrews University with a BT degree in Graphic Imaging Technology.

 

Daniel Drazen

Dan Drazen

Dan Drazen
Editor, Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index

Daniel J. Drazen has served as the Editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index since 1992.  He has a BA in theology from Andrews University and an MA in library science from Rosary College [now Dominican University], River Forest, Illinois. His past experience includes being an information specialist for DataQue International in Chicago, and the librarian at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Park Ridge, Illinois. While at DataQue, Dan did extensive online searching, as well as indexing and abstracting. He is the author of two books on Samuel, Samuel: One Small Light, and Samuel: Tears of a Nation.