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Charles and Mary Paap together spent 27 years planting Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) churches in more Australasian communities than any other minister of their generation.
Stafford, Francis Eugene (1884–1938) and Ellen Marie “Nellie” (Jessen) (1883–1968)
Michael W. Campbell
Francis Eugene Stafford and Ellen Marie “Nellie” Jessen Stafford were Seventh-day Adventist missionaries to China. Francis served as a printer, and later as a pastor and administrator; Nellie worked as a book binder. Together they were among the earliest Adventist missionaries to serve in Shanghai, China. Francis’ Chinese name is 施塔福 (pinyin Shī Tǎfú).
Ralph F. Waddell, M.D., and his wife, Ellen Dick Waddell, pioneered medical mission work in Thailand, taking leading roles in the development of Bangkok Sanitarium and Hospital and its School of Nursing. Dr. Waddell later served as Medical Department director for the Far Eastern Division and then for the General Conference.
Mary Ellen Bates was an early proponent of family ministries in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She encouraged the General Conference to establish the Home Commission department and was affectionally known as “the Mother of the Young Mothers’ Society,” a precursor of the Home and School Association.
Arthur Whitefield Spalding was a noted educator, prolific writer, pioneer of the Home Commission at the General Conference, and co-founder of Fletcher Academy.
Edith (Ward) Parkin was a pioneer of Adventist Education in Australasia. As one of the earliest graduates of Avondale School’s teachers’ training course, Ward made a significant contribution to church school work through the establishment of primary schools in New Zealand and briefly in her work on Nulla Nulla Mission in New South Wales, Australia.
UNADECA is a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational university located in Alajuela, Costa Rica. It exists to offer Christian university education to Central American youth and others who will then provide needed leadership and professional services to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and society in general.
Pastor James Kio was the fifth president of the Edo-Delta Mission of the Nigeria Union Mission from 1998 through its elevation to conference status in 2002 and continued in this role until his retirement in 2004.
Palenque Mission is a part of Chiapas Mexican Union Conference in the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
Sine Renlev was Denmark’s first female Seventh-day Adventist preacher. With her pleasant personality, her guitar, and her beautiful singing voice, she drew large numbers to her Bible lectures in public halls, tents, or the homes of interested people. Having become a Seventh-day Adventist in 1879, she almost immediately set out to preach the present truth, and no one could stop her sharing her newfound faith.
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