Albert Victor Olson
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The Seventh-day Adventist teachings often found their way to new regions by means of printed material. About 1877, the Olson family became acquainted with Adventism by reading tracts that had been sent over to Sweden from Norway by J. G. Matteson. They were among the first Seventh-day Adventists in Sweden. Shortly after this, they moved to the United States and established a successful farm in western Minnesota. They were baptized in 1880 by Lewis Johnson. At the 1936 General Conference Session, Olson introduced Johnson to the gathering. Albert Olson and his five brothers and two sisters were raised in an Adventist home.
Early ministry in Minnesota
Canadian years 1912-1920
In 1914 he was elected president of the Quebec Conference, and in 1916 president of the Ontario Conference. From 1917 to 1920 he was president of the Eastern Canadian Union;
The Latin Union 1920-1929
Southern European Division 1929-1946
From 1929 to 1946, he served as president of the newly organized Southern European Division.
General Conference 1946-1958
In 1946 he was elected a general vice-president of the General Conference and held that office until his retirement in 1958.
During the late 1940s, Church leaders asked Olson to do a thorough study of the question of divorce and remarriage. He investigated biblical and Ellen White references and recommended a slight liberalization of church policy. He concluded that sincerely repentant persons who had remarried contrary to biblical principles should not be permanently denied church fellowship. As a result, the 1950 General Conference modified the Church Manual to reflect his conclusion.
During his time at the General Conference, Olson wrote a series of articles for the Review and Herald on each of the Ten Commandments (1951-1952). He travelled to various places, attending camp meetings and writing reports for the world church through the Review and Herald.
The White Estate
From 1952 to 1963 he served as chair of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees.
Denton E. Rebok
|Chairperson of the Ellen G. White Estate
1952 – 1963
Francis D. Nichol
- General Conference Bulletin, 1936-05, p. 13
- W. R. Beach. Life Sketch of Elder A. V. Olson. Review and Herald. May 9, 1963, p. 7
- Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook, 1907, p. 49
- Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook, 1913, p. 48
- M. N. Campbell. Quebec Campmeeting. Canadian Union Messenger, July 2, 1913, p. 1
- Schwarz, R. W. (1979). Light Bearers to the Remnant: Denominational History Textbook for Seventh-day Adventist College Classes (PDF). Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing Association. pp. 528, 529.
- Olson, A. V. (1966). Through Crisis to Victory. Washington, D. C.: Review and Herald. p. 320.