Frank Peterson

(1893-1969). Minister, teacher, departmental secretary, administrator. He was born in Florida to devout Methodist parents. At 14 he became a Seventh-day Adventist and was baptized into the church. Studying theology at Pacific Union College, he became in 1916 the first Black man to graduate from that school. In 1922 he married Bessie Elston. At this time he was teaching at Oakwood Junior College, where he continued until 1926. At that time he became assistant Missionary Volunteer, home missionary, and assistant educational secretary of the Southern Union. In 1930 he became pastor of the Boston, Massachusetts, Berea church, and then was elected secretary of the North American Regional Department. In 1941 he was invited to a pastorate in California, which position he held until 1945, when he ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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