Ministry Editor Satelmajer Retires, Completing 40 Years of Service
Former pastor, administrator noted for many accomplishments
Nikolaus Satelmajer, a veteran Seventh-day Adventist pastor, administrator, and communicator, retired at the end of November, completing 40 years of denominational service, the last five as editor of Ministry magazine.
A man of many interests and talents, Satelmajer is a recognized scholar and researcher with a particular interest in the Sabbath, both in terms of its history and its application. He wrote several popular and scholarly articles about Theophilus Brabourne, an Anglican clergyman from the 1600s who wrote eight books affirming the seventh-day Sabbath. Satelmajer was instrumental in leading the Seventh-day Adventist Church in establishing a “Creation Sabbath” in 2009, to emphasize the relationship between the biblical account of Creation and the seventh-day Sabbath.
RETIRING EDITOR: Nikolaus Satelmajer, editor of Ministry magazine since 2005, retired after 40 years of service in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. [Photo: ANN]
He said he is pleased to have brought “more international writers and a peer review system” to Ministry, a monthly magazine for Adventist pastors that for six issues a year is distributed free to ministers in other churches. With readers in 190 countries, Satelmajer said subscriptions were up 30 percent during his tenure as editor.
Before taking the reins at the magazine, Satelmajer was in charge of the General Conference Ministerial Association’s PREACH seminar series, which annually brings a group of renowned pastors together for instructional talks about homiletics. These events are seen globally via satellite television broadcast and the Internet and have reached thousands of clergy.
“I appreciate his administrative abilities, I appreciate his financial acumen, and I appreciate his heart for our pastors and for clergy of other denominations,” said Jerry Page, Ministerial Association secretary, who noted that Satelmajer helped manage financial matters for the group after the November 2009 death of then-secretary James A. Cress.
Satelmajer’s educational background is varied: after attending elementary school in the former Yugoslavia and in Germany, he graduated from Highland Springs High School near Richmond, Virginia. Satelmajer then attended Hunter College of the City University of New York, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, and Andrews University. He received his B.A., M.Div., and D.Min. degrees from Andrews. He is currently working on an S.T.M., or Master’s of Sacred Theology, concentrating in church history, at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
Satelmajer, who lives with his wife, Ruth, in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area, said he is planning to work on “several major research projects” in his retirement.
—By Adventist Review staff.