Following discussions during 2005 permission was kindly given by the author for this document to be published on the British Union Conference's Adventist History website. The conversion to html was carried out by the BUC Communication department and the completed document was published on the website on 14 March 2006.

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This history originally appeared in dissertation format under the title, The Establishment of the British Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1863-1887, With Specific Reference to the Writings of Ellen G. White. It was presented in 1995 to the Faculty of Religion, Fairfax University, in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. In order to make the historical information, of what was a rather lengthy document, more available, format and paging have been changed.

Dr. Rex Riches was born in Ipswich, England, to Sydney Robert and Agnes Barnard Riches, both charter members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church of East Anglia. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist church since 1961, as minister and administrator in Britain, Southern Asia, and the United States of America. He is presently retired and lives in Collegedale, Tennessee. Dr. Riches holds degrees from Newbold College, England, and from Loma Linda University, Andrews University, and Fairfax University, USA. He is married to RoseMarie Nicholson Riches, a teacher and educational administrator. She was born, in Ireland, to William George and Sarah Nutt Nicholson who served the Irish Mission of Seventh-day Adventists as minister and president. The Riches have two children, Ann-Marie married to John Reichert of Berrien Springs, Michigan, and Katrina married to Michael McClung of Collegedale, Tennessee. All four serve in the Educational work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Published by RoseMarie Riches, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 1996.
Reprint 2004


To William George Nicholson (1905-1967) and
Sydney Robert Riches (1909 -1974)
Preachers of the Second Advent and of the Seventh Day Sabbath
To their Fourth Generation Seventh-day Adventist
Great Grandchildren
Nicholas, Christian, and Karlen

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