"I am from Loma Linda, California. I started at Southern Adventist University as a theology major. I grew up having female pastors, but suddenly when I came to Southern, there were professors coming up to me and telling me that they supported my position in ministry. I didn't really understand why. Growing up in such a progressive, nurturing environment I hadn't seen my ministry as something truly different or controversial.
Two years later I changed my major, but I still felt very strongly when the General Conference met and discussed women's ordination. While I had high hopes for the conference and was deeply disappointed, I didn't really feel like my faith was shaken. I believed that the best thing to do was to accept the decision gracefully and wait until the world church was ready. What's been more disturbing to me has been the General Conference's statements on unity and its authority since then.
Until that point, people were arguing about an issue on which there is not clear biblical support. However, now I feel the conversation has turned to the authority of the church and even the role of the Adventist church. While there is some support from Ellen White, I am very uncomfortable with saying that the GC is the highest authority on Earth because that seems to say that it is infallible."