Does history matter for a movement focused on the Second Coming and the end of time? Trim will explore Adventist history, with a particular focus on worldwide mission, and show that, even for an apocalyptic movement such as ours, it can be the past that leads to the future. You will hear why our history matters, the stories that can inspire, the mistakes that we need to identify and learn from, and the heritage that continues to shape our identity in the 21st century.
David Trim is director of the office of archives, statistics, and research at the General Conference. Born in Bombay, India, to missionary parents, Trim was raised in Sydney, Australia, and educated in England. His B.A. in history is from Newbold College, and his Ph.D. in history and war studies is from King’s College, University of London. He served 10 years on the faculty at Newbold College, teaching history and religion, and two years at Pacific Union College, where he held the Walter C. Utt Chair of History. Trim is the first Seventh-day Adventist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has held visiting fellowships at universities in three countries, including the University of California at Berkeley, and he is an adjunct professor at the SDA Theological Seminary. Trim is the editor or coauthor of 10 books, as well as many articles and book chapters. He presents “This Week in Adventist History” on the Hope Channel each Friday night. Trim is married to Wendy, a native of California, and they have one daughter, Evie.