Joseph Westphal

(1861-1949). Mission administrator. He was born in New London, Wisconsin. Converted in 1879, and baptized in Poy Sippi, Wisconsin, by A. D. Olsen, he began his work at the age of 22. He received his first ministerial license at 25 and was ordained June 22, 1891, at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, by S. N. Haskell, R. C. Porter, and M. H. Brown. From 1887 to 1895 he had charge of the German work in District No. 5 of the General Conference. From 1895 to 1897, he worked among the Germans in Kansas. From 1897 to 1901 he was president of the Kansas Conference. In 1901 Westphal was sent to Argentina, where he organized the South American Union Mission and became its first superintendent. Later when the mission was reorganized as a union conference, he was chosen president. This post he filled for 20 yea...

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

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