About Us

Philadelphia SDA Church



The Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue and people through example, evangelism and by encouraging everyone to be disciples in preparation for His soon return.

Example - We will be a light in the community by following the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Evangelism - We will share the Gospel of Jesus through word, song, and deed.
Encouragement - We will show love by nurturing the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the community.


 Our History

The beginning of Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church took place in a tent on Garden Street in Shreveport, Louisiana under the direction of Elder King. Additional locations for service were the homes of Lizzie Longware and Sister Helen Brown.
The church was organized as a church and a school with it's first teacher being Louisa Longware. During the 1930's the church moved to 1143 Madison Avenue. The church remained at the Madison Avenue location until 1985 when it moved to it's current location under the direction of Pastor Albert Teele.
Some of the ministers who were instrumental in the establishing of Philadelphia were W. S. Lee, Eric Dillett, Thomas Coopwood, M. B. King, B. R. Lee, John Green and O. J. Trotter . Elder Trotter was the first pastor at 1143 Madison Avenue. Realizing a need for Christian Education that property was purchased for church and a church school in 1934.
Pastors who followed after Pastor Trotter were: Pastor Louden, D. C. Batson, Leon Garfield Cox, Allen B. Humphrey, W. J. Cleveland, John C. Smith, Jerome Anthony James, Louis Duke Henderson, Carl Maceo Bailey, Edmond Demond Rudley, Rayfield F. Warnick, Gabe J. Chissell, Earl L. Howard, O. A. Jackson, Milton Young, Albert Teele, Leroy Phillips, L. W. Draggon, Eddie Polite, J. Malcolm Phipps,Jr., Cedric Belcher, Ennis V. Johnson, Sr., Rodney Draggon and Jonathan E. McCottry, Sr. 

Jonathan McCottry, Sr., Pastor
Jonathan McCottry, Sr., Pastor


About Seventh-day Adventists

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream 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.