Born: Ap­ril 10, 1862, North Plains, Mi­chi­gan.

Died: No­vem­ber 26, 1945, Ta­ko­ma Park, Mar­y­land.

Buried: Ma­ple Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Ovid, Mi­chi­gan.



Evans was the son of Will­iam Rise­ly Ev­ans and Ruth Ann Locke. He mar­ried twice, to Em­ma S. Fer­ry (1887) and Ad­e­laide Bee Coop­er (1904).

Converted as a youth and bap­tized at age 12, he was ed­u­cat­ed at Bat­tle Creek Col­lege. He en­tered the Se­venth Day Ad­vent­ist (SDA) min­is­try in Mi­chi­gan as a li­cen­ti­ate in 1882, and taught school in the win­ter.

He moved to Ken­tuc­ky in 1885, and was or­dained the fol­low­ing year. He was elect­ed pre­si­dent of the SDA Mi­chi­gan Con­fer­ence in 1891.

He held that post un­til 1897, when he was elect­ed pre­si­dent of the SDA Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence As­so­ci­a­tion and mem­ber of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee.

In 1899, Ev­ans be­came pre­si­dent of the SDA Mis­sion Board, and in 1901 pre­si­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of the Re­view and Her­ald. In 1903 he be­came trea­sur­er of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence. The next year he moved to Ta­ko­ma Park, Mar­y­land, where the of­fic­es of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence and Re­view and Her­ald had re­lo­cat­ed.

His wife Ad­e­laide was ed­it­or of The Youth’s In­struc­tor at the time of their mar­riage. The two them went on to play a sig­ni­fi­cant role in SDA mis­sion­a­ry work in Chi­na and the Far East.

In 1909, Ev­ans be­came pre­si­dent of the Asi­a­tic Di­vi­sion mis­sion field, a job he held un­til 1913, when he be­came pre­si­dent of the North Am­er­i­can Di­vi­sion. In 1918, he be­came vice-pre­si­dent of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence, pre­sid­ing over the Far East­ern Di­vi­sion.

He held that post un­til 1930, when he and his wife re­turned to Am­er­i­ca. Af­ter that, he served as gen­er­al vice-pre­si­dent of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence, then field sec­re­ta­ry un­til re­tir­ing in 1941.