Doctrine Didn’t Persuade Him. It Was an Adventist Roommate

By Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission

When Adrian Cotterell enrolled in 11th grade at a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Jamaica, he had no interest in Christianity. He didn’t believe in the soon coming of Jesus, and thought Adventists especially were foolish for worshipping on Saturday and refusing to eat pork.

Adrian chose West Indies High School on a hilltop in the central city Mandeville because he thought it was like other boarding schools where students could have parties.

“I wanted to party on Saturday night,” Adrian said.

The 17-year-old teen soon learned that the school was owned by the Adventist Church and it practiced Bible teachings. For a short time, he tried to find a way to live off campus because he didn’t like the cafeteria food. But he found that it was more expensive to live off campus, and he couldn’t quit the school because his father had already paid full tuition. So, he resolved to study but avoid Christianity.

“Christianity wasn’t something that I wanted,” he said. “I thought Christians were old, sick, and ready to die.”