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Publisher of the
"Watchman, What of the Night?" (WWN)
- 1970s
- 1980s
- 1990s
- 2000s

All the Specials and Commentaries are in the last file of the year. There are 4 files for each year: jm=Jan-Mar; aj=Apr-Jun; js-=Jul-Sep; od=Oct-Dec

WWN is a thought paper that was published monthly continuously from Jan, 1968 to the end of Dec. 2006 . by the Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Mississippi, Inc.(ALF), with William H. Grotheer as the Editor of Research & Publication.

The Nov. 1977 issue discusses "What is the "Watchman, What of the Night?"

SHORT STUDIES - William H. Grotheer -
"Another Comforter", study on the Holy Spirit
1976 a Letter and a Reply: - SDA General Conference warning against WWN.
Further Background Information on Zaire -General Conference pays Government to keep church there.
From a WWN letter to a reader: RE: Lakes of Fire - 2 lakes of fire.
Trademark of the name Seventh-day Adventist [Perez Court Case] - US District Court Case - GC of SDA vs.R. Perez, and others [Franchize of name "SDA" not to be used outside of denominational bounds.]


Interpretative History of the Doctrine of the Incarnation as Taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, An
- William H. Grotheer

Bible Study Guides
- William H. Grotheer

End Time Line Re-Surveyed Parts 1 & 2 - Adventist Layman's Foundation

Excerpts - Legal Documents
- EEOC vs PPPA - Adventist Laymen's Foundation

Holy Flesh Movement 1899-1901, The - William H. Grotheer

Hour and the End is Striking at You, The - William H. Grotheer

In the Form of a Slave
- William H. Grotheer

Jerusalem In Bible Prophecy
- William H. Grotheer

Key Doctrinal Comparisons - Statements of Belief 1872-1980
- William H. Grotheer

Pope Paul VI Given Gold Medallion by Adventist Church Leader
- William H. Grotheer

Sacred Trust BETRAYED!, The - William H. Grotheer

Seal of God
 - William H. Grotheer

Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences of 1955-1956
 - William H. Grotheer

SIGN of the END of TIME, The - William H. Grotheer

- William H. Grotheer

Times of the Gentiles Fulfilled, The - A Study in Depth of Luke 21:24
- William H. Grotheer

Elder William H. Grotheer



Additional Various Studies --
"Saving Faith" - Dr. E. J. Waggoner
"What is Man" The Gospel in Creation - "The Gospel in Creation"
"A Convicting Jewish Witness", study on the Godhead - David L. Cooper D.D.

Bible As History - Werner Keller

Place of the Bible In Education, The - Alonzo T. Jones

Facts of Faith - Christian Edwardson

Individuality in Religion - Alonzo T. Jones

Letters to the Churches - M. L. Andreasen

"Is the Bible Inspired or Expired?" - J. J. Williamson

Sabbath, The - M. L. Andreasen

Sanctuary Service, The
- M. L. Andreasen

So Much In Common - WCC/SDA

Daniel and the Revelation - Uriah Smith

Spiritual Gifts. The Great Controversy, between Christ and His Angels, and Satan and his Angels - Ellen G. White

Canons of the Bible, The - Raymond A. Cutts

Under Which Banner? - Jon A. Vannoy


Due to his failing health, Elder Grotheer requested that ALF of Canada continue publishing thoughts through its website www.AdventistAlet.com which developed into frequent Blog Thought articles plus all of the Foundation's historical published works written and audio.

As of 2010, with the official closing of the ALF of USA , The Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada with its website www.Adventist Alert.com is the only officially operating ALF branch established by Elder Grotheer worldwide.

We are thankful for the historical legacy that is now available through

The Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada,


The MISSION of this site -- is to make available the articles from the thought paper "Watchman, What of the Night?" It is not our purpose to copy WWN in whole.

Any portion of the thought paper may be reproduced without further permission by adding the credit line - "Reprinted from WWN, Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada."



Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Canada

William Henry Grotheer
October 14, 1920
to May 2, 2009

This is how I remember Elder Grotheer as our Pastor at the
First Toronto Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3 Awde Street (in fact the only SDA Church in Toronto) around 1950.
He was our school Principal when his daughter Nancy
and I were in our first grades of Church School.




Sabbath evening - set of sun,
All my labor - work is done.
To Thy throne come I now,
At Thy feet in reverence bow.

Toil, heartaches, failures - all
Leave I behind - no recall.
Fill me now - let Thy Spirit be
Rest, comfort, forgiveness - free.

Thy word is sure - come and bless
As I wait in holy quietness.
Let my life and witness tell,
That with my soul all is well.

William H. Grotheer



October 14, 1920 to May 2, 2009

Elder Grotheer did not intend to be a prolific author; he loved doing the work of Evangelism, and the need for his writings fell to him as a duty that he could not ignore.

He was a profound Greek scholar and held the study and perseverance of the Adventist pioneers, including Ellen G. White, Elder M. L. Andreasen and other faithful voices in high regard. As the depth and scope of his sermons and studies became known around the world, he saw the confusion amongst longtime members who were asking questions that were not being answered to their satisfaction, about the Church and how the unique doctrines of Seventh-day Adventism were being compromised.

He loved the Church, the people and his evangelism, and had no intention of ever leaving its fellowship; however, as he became aware of changes in the Church's doctrines, he simply and clearly revealed its history and these facts in his sermons and discussions. At this time he was head of the Bible and History Department at old Madison College, and then asked to go to Andrews University to complete work on a graduate degree.

He saw and realized the doctrinal compromises being made and so he voluntarily requested a leave of absence which he received in good and regular standing, so that he would be free to write and speak without any entanglements.

Soon after, it became important that he put pen to paper and voice to celluloid to meet the need of so many requests for documentation and understanding of the changes being made. That is when the Adventist Laymen's Foundation was formed. As his ministry progressed, he and his deeply spiritual wife Dorthea had a wonderful vision of making available a country campus where students of the Bible could come and train and study to be sent out as missionaries globally.

Never has the Foundation ever asked for donations yet they lacked for nothing. Many concerned Adventists from all over sent tithes and offerings to sustain the Foundation and its work. Common people such as my own Grandmother, my mother and her study group gave regularly.

This was the dream of which the Adventist Laymen's Foundation of Ozone, Arkansas, campus was born. Many people came and enjoyed the retreat of the quiet country spiritual atmosphere where it was conducive for communion with God. We have enjoyed many weekends on the campus at the Monthly Convocations and Annual Fellowships as well as other visits.

There were meetings for the little children and a beautiful airy meeting room in the Convocation Hall for the adults. The music was an outstanding ingredient of every service and professionally produced. There was special music like soprano solos by his eldest daughter Nancy and the 5 person chorus, 2 male and 3 females, with Ron Renk, Nancy's husband, operating the mixer board.

For meals we would meet in the dining hall where there was always plenty of delicious, wholesome vegetarian food and good conversation which often was an extension of the topic of the service that just finished.

Our family spent many weekdays on the campus where our children, who were young at the time, enjoyed the company of Ron and Nancy Renk's children Jonathan and Jessica and others, who were about the same age. How the children had fun running and climbing and exploring among the trees of the lush green campus! We had much wonderful fellowship there.

At that time the campus was a flurry of activity with people on the move. The 800 telephone number was busy, additional buildings were constructed as the needs grew and the message was going world wide from the Foundation.

There were many Church members internationally with study groups who asked him to come and speak to them and answer questions and show them how to study better. Dorthea, Ron and Nancy with a few other staff tirelessly ran the publishing of the Thought Paper, manuscripts, the duplication of tapes and studies, mailings, attending to correspondence, coordinating the meals and plans for the meetings, etc.

Elder Grotheer made many speaking tours like the old time circuit-riding preachers. He would generally go by car rather than fly or use other public transportation. He would arrange his meetings in a circuit so that he could meet his one criteria - he was very particular about being back at the Foundation campus to preside over the Monthly Convocations and Annual Fellowships.

Ron was an engineering genius. He designed and constructed virtually all of the buildings on the campus. We remember the large beautiful spacious shower-bathtub that he designed in their home which was such a treat to use, etc. Ron recruited volunteers, including my husband Ray, and others as they were available, to help with the construction and maintenance of the campus.

Elder Grotheer was the Head Editor and Researcher for the Thought Paper "Watchman, What of the Night?" which providentially continued consecutively from 1968 to 2006 at which time it continued as historical documents online at www.AdventistAlert.com.

Elder Grotheer was a native of Boone, Iowa, the son of the late Henry and Nora Bohner Grotheer. He started his evangelism before he was ten years old, and as a young man was a Pastor and Evangelist with the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in Canada and the United States.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorthea and daughter Nancy Renk and remaining immediate family members are his youngest daughter Anne Shull of Tennessee, and her son Stephen. Also, Ron, Johnathan and Jessica Renk of Colorado. Burial was Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Mt. Airy Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

He did not intend to be a prolific author, but we are grateful that he did share a wealth of facts and spiritual insights for each of us to search and study.

Joy Cutts,
One of his students
and a lifetime friend,
for www.Adventist Alert.com






Cover of "Watchman, What of the Night?"

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