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.
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.
Assistant Director / Adventist Digital Library Lead 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.
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.
Tamara began as the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Adventist Research, but became the Collections Associate of the Center in December, 2015. 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. Tamara is a graduate of Andrews University with a BS degree in Photography. She also holds a masters degree in art education. Tamara has worked previously as a teacher as well as spending 2 years in Taiwan, teaching high school art at Taiwan Adventist Preparatory Academy.
Digital Systems Manager
Eric joined the Center for Adventist Research in April of 2015. He has a strong background in managing digital resources and developing software solutions. He has been working aggressively with Julie Johnson to develop the software plan for the Adventist Digital Library (ADL).
Project and Event Manager
Heidi began as the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Adventist Research in July of 2013. In June of 2015, she transitioned into the Project and Event Manager position. Her duties cover a broad spectrum including coordinating study tours, planning symposiums, preparing printed materials, producing exhibits for display, and assisting Dr. Burt with his classes. Heidi is a graduate of Andrews University with a BT degree in Graphic Arts Imaging and an AS degree in Business.
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.
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.