Raymond Walford Richter was an educator, principal at Betikama and Jones Colleges, and Education director for Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The Risk Management Service of the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists is a dedicated service entity of the South Pacific Division. It is located within the South Pacific Division (SPD) administrative headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia. Its scope of operations covers the Church entities within the territory of the division.
Alfred and Carrie Robie from North America were pioneers of the Avondale Health Retreat in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia. Subsequently they were moved to a similar facility that was being established in Rockhampton, Queensland but the enterprise was short-lived and they returned to the United States.
Erwin Erhardt Roennfeldt was born on May 4, 1899, of Germanic ancestry in the rural hamlet of Greenock, SA. His parents were Erhardt Franz Wilhelm Roennfeldt and Antonia Florentine (Jaensch) Roennfeldt. Erwin’s five siblings were Vera Dorothea, Clarence, Oscar Benjamin, Irene, and Norma. Later generations anglicized their surname variously as Roennfelt, Roenfeldt or Roenfelt.
Clarence (Clarrie) Roennfeldt spent the majority of his life as a very active lay preacher and church worker in the West Australian Conference. However, as a young adult he was involved in mission service in Burma and then in colporteur ministry in South Australia.
Viola Rogers was for many years involved in editorial work for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australasia. She was the senior editor for the Australasian Record and The Missionary Leader for a period of eight years.
Sasa Rore, a Solomon Islander, was a pioneering leader in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He was the district director on Guadalcanal Island during the bitter conflicts of World War II.
Edward Rosendahl served as principal of three senior educational institutions: New Zealand Missionary College, West Australia Missionary College, and Australasian Missionary College (Avondale). In each of these appointments, his abilities and gentle personality responded positively to difficult circumstances.
Geoffrey Rosenhain was an educator and educator director for many years.
Joseph Rousseau was instrumental in establishing the first Bible school in Australasia at St. Kilda, Melbourne, in 1892. He then assisted in the location of suitable ground for the establishment of the Australasian Missionary College at Cooranbong, where he and his wife were among the first Seventh-day Adventist residents. He returned to America and died prematurely at the age of 41.
John Rowden was trained at Avondale College, Australia, as a mathematics and science teacher. After teaching at Hawthorn Adventist High School, in Melbourne, Victoria, for three years, he and his wife, Adele, accepted an appointment to Fulton College, Fiji. After a further 3 years he became the principal of Vatuvonu Junior Secondary School, Fiji. After a little more than two years of leadership at that school, he died in Fiji in a tragic accident in May 1975.
Jack and Wilma Rowe were medical missionaries to Fiji.
Edmund Rudge and his wife Gladys trained as nurses but served the Adventist Church in pastoral ministry in Australia, Fiji, and Great Britain. Edmund Rudge became the president of the Australasian Division in 1939 and held that position during the years of World War II.
Philip Bulpit Rudge was an Australian Seventh-day Adventist businessman who established the Church’s health-food business in Australia as a financially viable concern. He later became an evangelist and pioneered the Adventist missions for the Aboriginal people of Queensland and New South Wales.
George Rusa, a Solomon Islander, was significantly involved in the care, maintenance and operation of the fleet of mission vessels operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea Islands during the second half of the twentieth century.
Papali’I John Ryan was born and educated in Apia, Samoa. Although he was early employed as a stevedore, rugby football occupied his time. Before long, mission superintendent, Raimond Reye arranged Bible studies for Ryan and Ellen Currie, the young lady whom he married in 1948. Employed by the Union Steamship Company in 1943, Ryan served there as its chief stevedore until 1980. Over the years, Ryan came to own and operate the largest and best equipped fleet of heavy equipment in Samoa, and for many years also assisted the local mission with transportation needs without cost.
Ratu Meli Salabogi was an influential chief of the Ra district on the island of Viti Levu, Fiji. He was instrumental in sharing the message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with political and community leaders in Fiji.
Alwyn Salom was a South Australian. He was a biblical scholar with particular emphasis on New Testament studies. Much of his life was devoted to training young men and women for ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He engaged in a number of significant theological forums. In his later years he was the director of the Institute of Church Ministry in the South Pacific Division.
Western Samoa, as distinct from American Samoa, was a German protectorate until the outbreak of World War I when New Zealand occupied the group. New Zealand continued to administer the islands as a trust territory until 1962, when the country became independent. In 1997 the word “Western” was dropped from its name. It is a Polynesian nation in the South Pacific Ocean consisting of two main islands, Savai’i and Upolu. Seventh-day Adventists hold approximately 5 percent of the population.