Leader of Adventist Church Gives Perspective of Church’s Future

Former President Draws From Five Decades of Ministry

By: Rosa Jimenez

Jan Paulsen

Jan Paulsen, world leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from 1999 to 2010, will present his perspective of the current issues facing the church on Saturday, Nov. 5.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center auditorium on the Walla Walla University campus.

Paulsen’s presentation is sponsored by the Walla Walla Adventist Forum, an informal association of area Adventists who support the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event is free and open to the public. 

In his lecture, Paulsen will draw from his experiences as the church’s president as well as his service of more than five decades for the church.  Among his many roles, Paulsen has been a pastor, teacher, missionary, and college president.  As the church’s world leader, Paulson was known for his commitment to worldwide church unity and his special interest in working with church youth and young adults.

Paulsen’s most recent book, published in 2011 by Pacific Press, is titled “Where Are We Going?” In his book, Paulsen reflects on issues such as finding church leaders, the role of women in ministry, preserving the church’s unity, and how to build relationships with fellow Adventists.  Those interested in attending the lecture are encouraged to read the book, available at Christian Family Bookstores, in preparation for his presentation.   

Paulsen is a native of Norway.  He is a graduate of Andrews University and earned a doctoral degree from Tubingen University in Germany. 

Paulsen will also speak for the Nov. 5 University Church services at 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. 

Paulsen’s presentation is the first of six programs sponsored by the Walla Walla Adventist Forum during the 2012-12 season. 

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