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Longtime Adventist Researcher, Pastor Retires
Story byTaashi Rowe
Monte Sahlin, who is probably best known for being one of the foremost researchers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, recently retired from full-time ministry. Sahlin spent a significant time in the Columbia Union, most recently as Ohio Conference’s director of research and special projects, and was recognized at a special staff dinner last week in Dayton. Attendees spent the time reminiscing about how Sahlin’s work helped not just local churches, but the church as a whole.
Raj Attiken, previous Ohio Conference president, says, “Monte has made a vast and distinctive contribution to the mission of the Adventist Church at all levels of the organization. His clear, rigorous thinking and his careful and informed methods of research, analysis, and assessment of trends, behaviors and attitudes both within and outside the church have been a tremendous asset to church leaders, pastors and educators throughout North America.”Ron Halvorsen Jr., conference president, said, “We at the Ohio Conference thank Monte for his many years of dedicated service, not just for our conference, but our union and division. His faithful life and faithful service are deeply appreciated.”
Also, in May, the board of the Good Neighbor House, a community service outfit funded by Dayton-area churches also recognized Sahlin for his longstanding service.
Dave Hutman, pastor of the Stillwater church, started working with Sahlin while he was an intern in 1983. “Monte is a dedicated and deeply spiritual leader who always honored the Lord Jesus above his own self interest. I am thankful and praise God every day that He caused our paths to cross. Thank you Monte for all your guidance, direction and prayer on behalf of me and my family, my ministry and all the churches and people you have served.”
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