Allegheny East Pastor Prays Before State Senate

By Taashi Rowe

When the New Jersey Senate met recently to discuss relief efforts for Haiti, a Seventh-day Adventist was invited to play a crucial role. Paula Olivier (pictured) pastor of Allegheny East Conference’s First church of Montclair, N.J., delivered the invocation to open the quorum. Pastor Olivier did not come alone; she was accompanied by members of a ministry called NJ 4 Haiti. This group, formed after January’s earthquake, is working with the state to coordinate relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.

“Of the hundreds of churches and pastors the state could have called upon, I am amazed how God reserved that moment for an Adventist church,” she says.