Brother Wilhelm F. Volpp Resting in the Lord
1926 – 2014
Pastor Wilhelm F. Volpp went peacefully to his rest at the age of 87 (four days away from his 88th birthday) at his home in Germany, around 10 a.m. German time, on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Due to age, his health condition was gradually deteriorating in the last few weeks.
A native of Germany, Bro. Volpp came to the SDA Reform Movement in his youth, and from that time he served extensively in Germany and all Europe as a minister of the gospel. He was the architect of the work in Europe as teacher and defender of the truth. He was quite knowledgeable in many subjects, yet he had a certain grace and humility about him, characteristics of true Christian faith. He was a strong man with a large heart.
He was a man of integrity and principle with great love for the Present Truth. From 1975-1979 Brother Volpp served as Vice President of the General Conference, and from 1979-1983 as the President of the General Conference. He also served as Regional Secretary in Africa from 1983- 1987. During his retirement years he was still quite active, cheerfully assisting when needed. He was the main teacher and the director of the Missionary School in Germany that produced many workers for the international community.
Many souls were greatly blessed by the faithful courage of this man of God and were tremendously benefitted by his honest and practical ministry. This soldier of the cross will be greatly missed by all.
We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Sister Christine, his daughter Julie, and members of his extended family.
On behalf of the General Conference,
Sureshkumar, GC Vice President