Conference President

Pascoe, William Henry

1919

Like his predecessor, William Pascoe was a New Zealander. He was born into a farming family at Macetown, Central Otago on 9 February 1874. The Pascoe family became Adventists as a result of reading a mud-splattered page from an Adventist publication. William had early shown an interest in spiritual matters and before becoming an Adventist had been involved in Sunday school teaching, the work of the local chapter of Christian Endeavour, and as a youthful lay preacher in his community. In 1903 he married Olive Bree.

Like others before him, William Pascoe began his service for the Church selling Adventist literature before attended the Avondale School in 1898. In 1901 he was invited to join the ministerial team in New Zealand. When invited to missionary service, the Pascoes spent 1907 in the Cook Islands. After one year health issues forced a return to New Zealand.

The South New Zealand Conference was organised in 1915 and William Pascoe served as its first president. Prior to his appointment to Queensland late 1918, he served as president of the North New Zealand Conference. Pascoe’s tenure in Queensland was brief as the need for an able administrator resulted in his transfer to the South New South Wales Conference. Subsequently he led the South Australian, Tasmanian and Victorian conferences. Weary of demanding administrative duties, William Pascoe located in Cooranbong, NSW, in 1927 and pastored churches in that district for the next twenty-seven years. He died 25 October 1954, aged eighty years. Apart from the legacy of sound conference administration, William and Olive Pascoe left a further bequest to the church they loved: their five sons spent all or part of their professional lives as employees of the Adventist church.

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