Charles Watson

(1877-1962). General Conference president, administrator. He was born in Australia and engaged in the wool buyers’ business. When some of his relatives became Seventh-day Adventists, he bitterly opposed them, but at the funeral service of his sister he met an SDA minister who favorably impressed him. He joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1902, together with his wife, nŽe Elizabeth Mary Shanks. After hearing Robert Hare preach at a camp meeting soon after this, he felt that he too would like to become a minister. Relinquishing his interest in his business, he moved his family to the Avondale School for Christian Workers (now Avondale College) in 1907 and studied for the ministry. Upon graduation in 1909, he worked in New South Wales with good success, but upon hearing that Robert...

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

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