A. Bourdeau

(1834-1916). Pioneer French language evangelist, brother of D. T. Bourdeau. Born in Canada, he was reared in Vermont; at 12 he joined the Baptist Church and became a promising preacher, working chiefly among French-speaking people. In 1856 he accepted the Sabbath doctrine, and the following year was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist, and was ordained. For eight years he supported himself as a carpenter and joiner, while preaching the SDA message. He helped organize the Vermont Conference in 1862, and later served as its president for several years. He was sent to Iowa in 1866 to help reorganize SDA churches that had been disaffected by the Snook-Brinkerhoff defection ( see Marion Party ). Later he worked in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Vermont. Working in Quebec, he organized the Q...

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