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Southern is profoundly saddened by the loss of Kirsten Wolcott. At a painful time such as this, we remember in prayer Kirsten's parents, friends, fellow student missionaries, and all on our campus who knew and loved her well.  

About Kirsten

Kirsten Wolcott, a junior liberal arts education major, died on Wednesday, November 18, while serving as a student missionary in Yap, Micronesia. She was teaching second grade at the Yap Adventist School.

Kirsten graduated from Richmond Academy in 2007, where her senior year she served as the school’s yearbook editor. A diligent student, Kirsten graduated from academy with high honors and was on Southern Adventist University’s distinguished dean’s list.

She was also known for her love of music and running. She played the harp and piano and sang in Bel Canto, Southern’s women’s chorus. She ran in several races including the Komen 5K Race for the Cure, the Toys for Tots 10K Race (where she came in third place for women), and the Kinetic Sprint Triathlon.

We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14.


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Those wishing to send a sympathy card to the Wolcotts may direct them to Southern Adventist University’s Chaplain’s Office, PO Box 370, Collegedale, TN 37315-0370. 


Kirsten's parents have set up a memorial fund dedicated to support Christian education which so profoundly influenced Kirsten's life; and to support student missionaries in whose ranks she so proudly served. Donations can be made online at the Tappahannock Adventist Church website or by sending to P.O. Box 1106 Tappahannock, Va. 22560.


To read news coverage, visit the Adventist News Network story. If you are unfamiliar with our student missions program, you can learn more about it here.