Milton Kern

(1875-1961). Educator and youth leader. He was educated at Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, and in 1900 married Florence Pierce. For four years, from 1900 to 1904, Kern was head of the Bible and history departments at Union College, and because of his promotion of student missionary activities he was appointed secretary of the young people’s department of the Central Union Conference in 1904, the first young people’s secretary in the denomination. He had previously organized a “Young People’s Society of Christian Service” in response to appeals from Ellen White to provide missionary opportunities for the youth of the church (1893). At a General Conference Council held in Switzerland in 1907, when the Young People’s Department of the General Conference was set up, Kern became t...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.