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Brinklow Member Chronicles Wilson Family in Highly Committed

Published 3/19/2013

DeWitt Williams, EdD, is probably best known as the former Health Ministries director for the North American Division (NAD). After retiring in 2010, this member of Allegheny East Conference’s Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., set out to write Highly Committed, a book about world church president Ted N.C. Wilson’s family. He shares some thoughts on the book below:
Q: Tell us about the book.
A: The book begins when Isabella Wilson joined the Adventist church and influenced her husband, William Henry Wilson, to come and listen to Mrs. Ellen G. White at a camp meeting. He joined on that Sabbath day and became a lay leader in the church in Healdsburg (Calif.). Before he died about seven years later, he made his boys (among them Nathaniel C. Wilson, Neal’s father) promise to dedicate themselves to a life of service to God and the church. So I follow the family from that point (1904) until 2011 when I finished the book.

Q: Why write about the Wilson family?
 A: I don’t know of any other Adventist family (Besides the Ellen G. White family) that has made such a long and useful contribution to the Adventist Church as the Wilson family. Nathaniel was president of five world divisions, Neal was president of NAD and the world church and Ted was president of a division and is the current world church president. We have five generations of Wilsons serving the church. I try to emphasize the blessings and legacy of useful service that the family has devoted to the church and to God. That’s why I call it Highly Committed. 

Q: Have you talked to Elder Wilson about the book?
A: I interviewed many of the members of the Wilson family in writing the book. I also had three very nice interviews with Elder Wilson. He looked at the final copy and told me that many in his family did not know this history. He even bought eight copies as Christmas gifts for his family.

Q: Where can people find the book?
A: The book is available at the Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food store in Silver Spring, Md., and at TEACHServices.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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