Paulsen Receives Honor From Norway’s King
Jan Paulsen, the most recent former president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has been named a commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. The announcement from the Royal Palace states that “H. M. the King has appointed Jan Paulsen commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for meritorious work for the good of humanity.”
Jan Paulsen, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 1999 to 2010, has been named a commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, an order established by King Olav V in 1985.“I am totally surprised and very honored by this recognition coming from His Majesty the King of Norway and his councillors,” Paulsen, 77, said. “It warms my heart that the accolade came with the recognition of ‘service for the good of humanity,’ for that is what the life of Christian service is all about,” he added.
The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by King Olav V in 1985 and is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for their outstanding service in the interest of Norway. The actual date when Paulsen will be presented with the insignia of the order has yet to be decided.
Ted N. C. Wilson, current General Conference president, congratulated his predecessor, saying, “This is a wonderful demonstration of how God can bring a life of Christian service to the forefront for the world to know of His power. We are grateful for this special recognition of Pastor Paulsen by the Norwegian government, and thank him and Mrs. Paulsen for their many years of dedicated service to God’s church and the good of humanity, which has been so nicely recognized by the king of Norway.”
Reidar J. Kvinge, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway, said: “It is a great honor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway that the global service of Dr. Paulsen has been recognized in this way.”
Paulsen was president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from January 1999 to June 2010. He holds a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Tübingen in Germany.
Jan Paulsen began his ministerial service in 1953 in Norway, later serving as a teacher in Ghana and as teacher and college president in Nigeria, at what is now known as Babcock University. From 1976 to1980 he was the principal (or president) of church-run Newbold College in England, which houses the main theological faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist movement in the Trans-European region.
For 12 years he served as president of the Trans-European Division in St. Albans, England, before coming to Silver Spring, Maryland, as a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
—reported by Tor Tjeransen, communication director, Norwegian Union Conference