Retired White Estate Director Paul Gordon Dies
Promoted Adventist Heritage, Church Ministry


aul A. Gordon, a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor and 31-year staff member of the Ellen G. White Estate, died June 25, 2009, following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was 79 years of age and resided in Medford, Oregon.

WHITE ESTATE DIRECTOR: Paul A. Gordon, 79, passed away on June 25, 2009 in Oregon.
A graduate of what is now Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington, Gordon began his work for the Seventh-day Adventist Church with pastoral ministry in Oregon and Washington state, as well as service as a Bible teacher at both Upper Columbia Academy and Milo Adventist Academy.

Gordon’s service to the White Estate included five years as director of the organization, which safeguards and promotes the writings and ministry of Ellen G. White, a pioneering founder of the movement. He traveled to more than 100 countries in his work with the White Estate, retiring in 1995.

“I was there when some major challenges were raised regarding the work of Ellen White,” Gordon recalled in autobiographical notes provided by the White Estate. “In total, my years [there] were the height of my ministry. What a blessing it was to represent the gift of prophecy in more than 100 countries.”

In 1981, Gordon was a cofounder of the Adventist Heritage Ministry, and led out in the acquisition of the William Miller home in 1984. He was the primary compiler for four morning devotional books; and authored numerous articles for church periodicals including Adventist Review. His two-part 1980 Review article, “The Right to Vote – Shall I Exercise It?” continues to be a frequently cited work on the subject.1

“Paul will be missed,” said James R. Nix, who first met Gordon in 1968 and is currently director of the White Estate. “He was a true friend and mentor who spent almost his entire ministry promoting awareness of the church’s heritage and God’s leading through the writings of Ellen White.”

His wife Donna, four children, and several grandchildren survive him.

1Gordon, Paul A., “The Right to Vote,” online at, accessed Aug. 3, 2009.


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