Dr. Jan Paulsen, former Seventh-day Adventist world church President, has been appointed Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald V of Norway. In the announcement released to the media February 2, the Royal Palace states that “H. M. The King has appointed Jan Paulsen Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for meritorious work for the good of humanity.”
For Pastor Paulsen, 77, the news came as a “complete surprise.”
“I am very honored by this recognition coming from H. M. The King of Norway and his councilors,” he commented. “What warms my heart is the accolade that came with the recognition - ‘Service for the good of humanity.’ That is what the life of Christian service is all about.”
The news release by Tor Tjeransen, Communication Director of the Norwegian Union Conference said that the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by King Olav V in 1985 and is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for their outstanding service in the interest of Norway.
Commenting on the honor for Paulsen, Pastor Reidar J. Kvinge, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway said that “it is a great honor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway that the global service of Dr. Paulsen has been recognized in this way.”
The actual date when Paulsen will be presented with the insignia of the order has not been announced.