Welcome to the
Deltona Seventh-day Adventist Church website. Our church
family is committed to showing God's Love to all people and living
out God's purpose of bringing His free gift of living forever in
fullness of health and complete joy to all.
This site exists to keep our
family members informed and to help our guests know more about us.
Enjoy your time here! If I may be of service to you, or if you
have any questions about our church, I hope you will contact
me at 2PastorLong@ gmail.com. I'd
love to hear from you!
Pastor Dale Long
Dale Long - Pastor
hopes to be preparing a people for the second coming of Jesus. Our goal is to
share the good news about Jesus, our Savior, with as many people we
can. Scan through our links – there is something for everyone!
You can find out a lot about what is happening in our church by
checking our website.
We hope you will join us
as we worship. We would love to have you visit us this Saturday.
Our Sabbath School begins at 9:30 A.M. and Worship Service begins at
11:00 A.M. Each third week of the month we have a lunch fellowship
dinner right after the service and you are invited to dine with us.
We have many classes for adults as well as children programs to
involve the whole family. Come capture the essence of life,
love, and hope for a solid future in Jesus. As we draw closer
together as a church family, may the blessings of the Lord descend
upon all who enter our doors.
Our local church believes in three important things. First and
foremost, the Bible is the Word of God. The Bible is the most
amazing book in the history of mankind. It continues to be the
world’s best selling book. Archaeologists consider the Bible to be
historically accurate in its account of people, places and
events. The prophecies of the Bible come true with accuracy. It
is still considered by millions of people to be the best guide for
life. The theme of the Bible is Jesus and at the Deltona
Seventh-day Adventist Church we study the Bible so that we may
know and serve Jesus better. It is the original and final
authority for all our beliefs. Come visit us and participate in
our Bible study groups, and listen to a Bible based sermon. We
are sure you will find the Bible to be relevant and interesting in
your life too! Also, be sure to visit our Bible study resources
ministry page for some additional study.
Second is the power of
prayer. Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend,
and it is also the key in the hand of faith that unlocks the
infinite resources of heaven. At the Deltona Seventh-day
Adventist Church we believe prayer should be central to everything
we are and we do as Christians. As we pray we are drawn away from
ourselves to Jesus who alone can satisfy the needs of every human
The third focus of
Deltona Seventh-day Adventist Church is service. Service as
defined by the dictionary is “an act of helpful activity; help;
aid”, but in our church service it is much more than an act of
helpful activity – it is an act of worship, because of what Jesus
has done for us through His death, resurrection, and daily care.
It is our privilege to serve our community in His name. Serving
others deepens our relationship with God and His people. We offer
a variety of opportunities that connect our team of staff and
volunteers who work together in serving others and God.
We would like you to meet our Pastor, Dale Long. He was
ordained and served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the
Chesapeake Conference for many years before
coming to Florida. He took the call to Deltona Seventh-day
Adventist Church after spending many years in Virginia.
Dale holds a Master's degree in
Theology from the Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien
Springs, Michigan. He is married to Mari Long, they have
one son and two daughters.
Elder Long is a dynamic speaker and teacher of the Bible.
He has given the message of the Everlasting Gospel of Hope to
thousands who have been renewed by the Word. His simple, clear
and convincing way of sharing insights into the Gospel continues
to inspire and guide many into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
New Year's Pledge...Read
your Bible This Year
A Quick Look At
Seventh-day Adventists and...
The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of
God, given by divine inspiration to specially chosen individuals who
spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures
are the infallible revelation of His will. Through them, God has
committed to humanity the knowledge necessary for salvation.
The Godhead is comprised of the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. Although God is One, the Bible speaks of three divine,
co-eternal Persons which we call the Trinity. God the eternal Father is
the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. The
eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ, through whom all things
were created, through whom the character of God is revealed, the
salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. The Holy
Spirit draws and convicts men and women, extends spiritual gifts to the
God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in
Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days
the Lord made “the heaven and the earth” and all living things upon the
earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. The first man
and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation
and given responsibility over the world.
The seventh-day of the week is observed as the day of rest, worship, and
ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of
the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of communion with God and one another.
It is joyfully observed as a holy time from Friday evening to Saturday
evening, from sunset to sunset, as a celebration of God’s creative and
...Christ our hope.
In Christ's life of perfect obedience to God's will, His suffering,
death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for
human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have
...the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments, the great principles of God's law, are
exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and
purposes concerning human conduct and relationships.
Bible prophecies reveal God's plan for the future, provide meaning for
today, and hope for those who have chosen to serve God.
Baptism by immersion is a symbol of our union with Christ, the
forgiveness of sins, and acceptance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
...Life After Death.
The grave is a place of unconsciousness, described
in the Bible as sleep. When Jesus comes again, there will be a great
resurrection of those who have died.
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of
the church and the grand climax of the gospel. The Savior's coming will
be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. The time of that event has
not been revealed, so we are urged to be spiritually ready at all times.
...the New Earth.
On the new earth, God will provide a glorious home for the redeemed
with a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and
learning. God will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will
not exist. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is
love, and He will reign forever.
Because Scripture describes our bodies as the temples of the Holy
Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate
exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and
abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures, and in many
cases, by following a vegetarian diet. Because alcoholic beverages and
tobacco are harmful to our bodies, Adventists abstain from such
substances as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our
thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our
wholesomeness, joy, and complete health.
The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to proclaim to all
people the everlasting Gospel in the context of the three angels'
messages of Revelation 14:6-12. Leading others to accept Jesus as their
personal Savior and to unit with His Church, and nurturing them in
preparation for His soon return is the heart of this mission. This is
accomplished through preaching, teaching, and healing ministries.
Volunteers and church employees serve people at home
and in the world's communities through neighborhood centers, on-site
disaster areas, and short-term humanitarian and teaching projects around
the globe. Church members support organizations like the
Adventist Development and Relief Agency International
(ADRA), which provides basic needs such as
water, food, clothing, and medical care to the world's people and
communities in need. The Church has a variety of programs to assist
people of any faith who have a desire to overcome smoking, alcoholism,
and drug addiction. It provides family life and community service
workshops as well as youth camps.
Adventist educational philosophy focuses on the
holistic development of the student: mental, physical, social, and
spiritual. The more than 45,500 teachers in Adventist schools form part
of the world's largest Protestant church-related educational network.
One of its institutions,
Loma Linda University,
in Loma Linda, California, continues to be on the
cutting edge of medical technology with its proton accelerator and
children's treatment center and its promotion of a healthful individual
in Berrien Springs, Michigan, serves much of the
world church with graduate seminary programs.
Adventists communicate hope by focusing on the quality of life that is
complete in Christ. Communication serves to connect the worldwide family
of believers through a variety of media and print methods. The Church
facilitates communication on-line through the
Adventists On-line forum on the CompuServe
Information Service, which offers a rich database for computer users.
The Church also prepares evangelistic programming and news for radio
Adventist World Radio
(AWR), and, for television, with programs
It is Written,
Breath of Life and
The Hope Channel
as well as programming for a worldwide
satellite broadcast system. The Church's official news agency is the
Adventist News Network (ANN), based in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The name "Seventh-day Adventist" highlights two of
the distinguishing characteristics of the denomination. "Seventh-day"
refers to the day of the week, Saturday, on which Adventists worship God
as instructed throughout the Bible. "Adventist" refers to the hope
Seventh-day Adventists have in Jesus' soon return to this earth.
Though Adventists did not officially organize as a church until 1863,
Adventist roots go back at least to the early 1800s. Between 1831 and
1844, William Miller, a Baptist preacher, launched the "great second
advent awakening," which eventually spread throughout most of the
Christian world. Based on his study of the prophecy of
Miller calculated that Jesus would return to earth in 1844. When Jesus
did not appear, most of the thousands who had expected His return left
the faith, disillusioned. A few, however, went back to their Bibles to
find why they had been disappointed. They learned that the Bible
prophecy did not specify Christ's second coming on that date, but
rather, they discovered that 1844 was the time when Jesus would begin a
special ministry in heaven for His followers. From this small group, who
refused to give up after the "great disappointment," arose several
leaders who built the foundation of what would become the Seventh-day
Adventist Church. Standing out among these leaders were a young couple,
and a retired sea captain named Joseph Bates. Ellen
White, a mere teenager at the time of Miller's preaching on the "great
second advent awakening," grew into a gifted
author, speaker, and administrator, who would
come to enjoy God's special guidance as she wrote her counsels to the
growing body of believers. In 1860, at Battle Creek, Michigan, the
loosely knit congregations of Adventists, who had continued to seek and
gain understanding of the Scriptures after the "great disappointment,"
chose the name Seventh-day Adventist and in 1863 formally organized as a
church. In early 1997, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a membership
of over 9 million, today that group has grown to over 13 million and
continues to preach and look forward to the soon return of Jesus.