The Seventh-day Adventist Church came from a small group of people called the Millerites. The Millerites firmly believed Jesus would come back to earth on October 22, 1844. When it didn’t happen, many of the Millerites were sad and stopped believing that Jesus would come back in person but other Millerites went back to studying the Bible. From their studies of the Bible, they believed that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath and that Jesus would come again, so in 1860, they agreed to have the name Seventh-day Adventist. Three years later they organized themselves as a church to help them be more effective in sharing the good news of salvation.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes there is a need for men and women of all ages, and all ethnic and social backgrounds, to follow the example of our founders. Because of our love for our Savior and His love for sinners, we need to share the good news of His death and resurrection, His longing that men and women be whole, and His desire that we “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12).
For a dramatized story about how the Seventh-day Adventist Church began, watch Tell The World. You can see it in separate episodes here: https://telltheworld.adventist.org/watch
Or watch it below as an entire video.