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Ted N. C. Wilson, President, Seventh-day Adventist World Church

WAU Alumnus Ted N.C. Wilson graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in religion and business administration. He was born in Takoma Park, and is the son of former Adventist World Church President Neal C. Wilson and Elinor E. Wilson. For part of his childhood, he lived in Egypt.

Ted Wilson was elected President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church in July 2010, during the General Conference Session in Atlanta. He is an ordained minister who began his church career as a pastor in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference. He has been married to Nancy Louise Vollmer Wilson, a physical therapist, since 1975 and they have three daughters: Emilie Louise, married to Pastor Kameron DeVasher; Elizabeth Esther, married to Pastor David Wright; and Catherine Anne, married to Dr. Robert Renck. They also have ten grandchildren.

Wilson served as an assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981. He went on to serve in the church’s then Africa-Indian Ocean Division, based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, until 1990. There he served as a departmental director and later as executive secretary.

Following his post in West Africa, Wilson served for two years at the Adventist World Church headquarters in Silver Spring as an associate secretary. He went on to accept the position of President of the church's Euro Asia-Division in Moscow, Russia, which he held from 1992 to 1996.

Wilson returned to Maryland to serve as President of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, until his election as an Adventist World Church vice president in 2000.

Wilson holds a doctorate degree in religious education from New York University (1981), a Master of Science degree in health education from Loma Linda University's School of Public Health (1974), and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University (1973).


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