Richard Elofer was born in Casablanca, Morocco, from a Jewish family. He was raised in the Jewish faith and was proud of his heritage. His family immigrated to France and at the age of nineteen he decided to accept in his heart Jesus as the Messiah of Israel and his Savior and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Paris. After his studies at the Adventist Seminary in Collonges he worked for seventeen years as a Pastor in France. Then he became the President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Israel (1997-2012). In 2000, while working in Israel, the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists, asked Richard Elofer, to be part time director of the World Jewish Adventist Friendship Center, a Global Mission Center dedicated to train ministers and leaders for Jewish ministry, and also to plant Jewish-Adventist congregations among Jews. Richard Elofer moved back to France and became the full time director of the World Jewish Adventist Friendship Center In 2012. During the same year, he earned and a Doctorate of Intercultural Studies at the Graduate Intercultural Studies School of Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California.
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