William Turner

(1885-1978). Evangelist, administrator. He was a young Baptist businessman from Hastings, New Zealand, when he became aware of Seventh-day Adventist beliefs from a Sydney Sanitarium-trained nurse who, with his wife, had set up treatment rooms in the town. After graduating from the missionary course at Avondale in 1914, he entered evangelical work in his birthplace, Melbourne. His mother-in-law, Clara Greenfield, was one of the first Seventh-day Adventists in New Zealand. A meticulously organized person and a forceful speaker, Turner soon found himself in church administration, occupying a succession of responsible posts. For two separate terms he was leader of the SDA work in Australasia. In between he was vice president of the General Conference, responsible for North America. He was an a...

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

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