Charles Watson (1877 – 1962) administrator, Seventh Day Adventist pastor
Charles Watson, administrator and pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, helped to reorganize the Adventist health food operations and developed the successful Sanitarium Health Food Co. He was the only non-American to hold the position of president of the S. D. A. General Conference.
Charles Watson, administrator and pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, was born on 8 October 1877 near Yambuk, Victoria, one of twelve children of Henry Greaves Watson.
Although brought up in the Church of England, in 1902 Charles and wife Elizabeth became Seventh Day Adventists. In order to study for the ministry he moved with his family in 1907 to Avondale School for Christian Workers, Newcastle, New South Wales.
Following his ordination on 14 September 1912, Brother Watson was called to Queensland and immediately elected president of the Queensland conference. Moving to Sydney, he became vice-president (1914) and president (1915) of the Australasian Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.
Deeply interested in missionary work, he furthered programmes designed to promote his faith among Australian Aborigines and South Pacific islanders. He visited the United States of America in 1918 to attend the S.D.A. General Conference at San Francisco.
In 1920, when the Australasian Conference Association Ltd was established as a legal holding body for the Church, he became its general manager. During this time he helped to reorganize the Adventist health food operations and developed the successful Sanitarium Health Food Co: its profits were used to advance the work of the Church, especially the Adventist school system in Australia.
A talented administrator, Watson was elected vice-president and associate treasurer of the S.D.A. General Conference in 1922. For the next four years he was attached to headquarters near Washington, D.C., and travelled throughout the world on Church business. In 1926 he returned to Australia and resumed the presidency of the Australasian Union Conference. Recalled to the United States in 1930 to serve as president of the S.D.A. General Conference, he was the only non-American to hold that position.
Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120445b.htm
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