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Manfred Böttcher served as a pastor, church administrator, union leader, ecclesiastical diplomat, author, and lecturer during almost the entire GDR era. Because of his multi-faceted ministry and dedicated manner of work, he was one of the most prominent leaders of the denomination in Eastern Germany throughout this period.
Baldur Pfeiffer was both an important Adventist mission historian – one of the first to explore Adventist missionary impulses coming from Europe – and a dedicated humanitarian. He contributed both to the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and to the landscape of education and humanitarian work internationally by building up institutions and organizations such as Middle East College, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau, the European Adventist Archives, and Support Africa.