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TOP people: Denis Fortin
Dec
05

TOP people: Denis Fortin

The speakers are wonderful and the music is unparalleled but the people you meet and the connections you form make One project gatherings truly unforgettable. In the weeks leading up to our Seattle gathering (February 14-16, 2016), we'll be highlighting a few of the faces you can look out for around the ballroom at the Westin Hotel.

Denis Fortin

“If Jesus means something special to you, you will appreciate coming to this event. Life and ministry are first about Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection. Take some time out to refresh your spiritual journey. We all need it. We all deserve it.”

"The One project has been an inspiration to me, and I look forward to the next gathering in Seattle. Certainly I love reconnecting with friends and former students who have become colleagues, sharing both insights into ministry and a common love for the Gospel. But also, at each of the One project events, I have appreciated very much the focus on Jesus and what His teachings should mean for my life. Life is busy and sometimes difficult, so to be reminded that my ministry is first about Him is good for my walk with God.

"There’s a quote from Ellen White that I use every semester in my courses on Atonement and Salvation. She says, 'The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated, every truth in the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation must be studied in the light that streams from the cross of Calvary. I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration, salvation and redemption,–the Son of God uplifted on the cross.' (Gospel Workers, p. 315).

"What this statement seems to be trying to say is in line with the theme of the next gathering in Seattle, and for me this will be very meaningful. The first Seventh-day Adventist event I attended in 1977 was on this theme—the last week of Jesus' life.  I had received an invitation to attend a brief series of meetings at the Adventist church in my neighborhood during the week before Easter. When I saw the theme of the lectures, I decided that I would attend as best I could. That was the context of how I got acquainted with the Seventh-day Adventist church. And I have never regretted it. I look forward to TOP in Seattle because it will remind me of my spiritual roots with the Adventist church."

Born in Quebec City, Canada, Denis has served as a pastor in Quebec and for the last 22 years as professor of theology and dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University. Denis also volunteers as a teaching pastor at the One Place Fellowship on the campus of Andrews University.  He has authored many publications on Ellen White and Adventist theology, the latest as co-editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. In his spare time, he loves backpacking, biking, reading, traveling, and bird watching—which he will do with his wife, Kris Knutson, when they get to Seattle.  They have three adult children, Kimberly and her husband Andrew Fish (in Port Byron, New York), Mark (in Niles, Michigan) and Erika (somewhere on a cruise ship).

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