How to Address a Seventh-day Adventist Minister

How to Write the Name of a Seventh-day Adventist Minister?

My pastor is a Seventh-day Adventist and I have never heard anyone refer to him, or any other SDA pastor, as ‘The Reverend (Full Name)’.  He does not have a doctorate. How do I address an envelope to him?
——————–– R

Dear R, How to Address a Seventh-day Adventist Minister
Even if your SDA pastor had a doctorate, ‘Dr. (Name)’ is not part of the traditional form of address for SDA ministers holding a doctorate.

The spokesperson for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland says ‘Elder’ is the preferred honorific in the U.S.A.

—-In writing, envelope:
—-—-Elder (Full Name)
——–(Address)

—-Salutation: How to Address a Seventh-day Adventist Minister
—-—-Dear Elder (Surname),

Outside the U.S.A., ‘Pastor (Name)’ is frequently used.

– Robert Hickey How to Address a Seventh-day Adventist Minister

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

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—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"