Jean Badaut

(1850-1933). Pioneer colporteur and evangelist in France. Of Protestant background, he read J. N. Andrews’ French periodical, Les Signes des Temps , about 1880, and thus became acquainted with Seventh-day Adventists. Over a period of several years he investigated SDA teachings, accepting them one by one. When his employer refused his request to have Sabbaths free, he left his job at a flour mill, and was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1884. One year later he went out to sell publications that came from the newly established SDA publishing house in Basel, Switzerland. Later he became an evangelist, and was ordained to the ministry in 1908. Two of his sons, Paul and Samuel, distinguished themselves as strong leaders of the SDA Church in France.

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