training missionaries for life!

(as curriculum page)

(Linndis) Introduction to our name


who is John G


John Gottlieb Matteson (1835-?) was originally from Denmark, and emigrated to America, where he found the Adventist faith which he later brought back to Scandinavia, becoming one of the most known Adventist Pioneers in this part of the world. Matteson preached with conviction the Advent truth to large audiences, he initiated the publishing work, also engaging in small training centers for literature evangelists.


John G. Matteson , was born in 1835 in Denmark. John’s father was a heavy drinker and that made life for John’s mother and his two sisters quite difficult. He soon abandoned the catholic faith because he saw nothing in his catholic priest that would make him entrust his salvation into the priest’s hand.


With time John developed a hunger for knowledge after more. He was a hardworking man and one day his axe went into his foot and he suffered many days from this injury. This gave him time to look into the Bible which he gained an interest in before after meeting a very devoted Baptist.


John was so fascinated about the truths in the Bible, that he started to pray a lot more and committed portions of the Bible to his memory. He realized the importance of knowing the Bible.


God’s grace started to work in him and he his spiritual hunger started to fill. He started to proclaim the Adventmessage in Scandinavia and God seemed to bless the beginning of his work there. He reached all layers of society, including the top-class society of politicians and priests. The reason of this success was his authentic experience with God which shone through his character in his meetings. John was also a very practical man; he fed the audience not only with spiritual food, but also with physical.


His work blossomed so strong, that on Sunday mornings it was almost impossible to pass through Oslo without meeting an Adventist. Such was the impact of John G. Matteson’s work in the beginning of his ministry.)


During Matteson Mission School’s early days the courses were held and lodging provided in simple facilities at the Adventist Publishing House in Oslo. A funny (lagersjef) put up on the door a sign saying “Matteson Hotel”



our high calling!


Our mission is to training missionaries for life!

(Something additional to the mission statement)



a different kind of school

Matteson Mission School is not a school in the way we normally thinks of schools in our day and culture. The Matteson Experience is not limited to a morning at school and homework to prepare for the next day. Tests and exams are not used as motivators, nor is a book of rule presented as a modifier of behaviour. Tuition is not charged as compensation for the school benefits.

Matteson offers a holistic program with both theoretical and practical parts that challenge mind, hand and heart. Students commit to the full program, and are invited to invest their time and energy into the program, as we believe that this is the way to benefit most from the Matteson Experience.

At Matteson we believe that real life situations motivate to learn, and that an experience with God gives a desire to personally apply what is learned. At Matteson we are committed to providing an environment that encourages this. We wish that our students understand the important principles for life that are presented in The Word of God (and Spirit of Prophecy), and we believe that is each person’s privilege to choose to put them into practise.

“Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator– individuality, power to think and to do. The men in whom this power is developed are the men who bear responsibilities, who are leaders in enterprise, and who influence character. It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thought. Instead of confining their study to that which men have said or written, let students be directed to the sources of truth, to the vast fields opened for research in nature and revelation. Let them contemplate the great facts of duty and destiny, and the mind will expand and strengthen. Instead of educated weaklings, institutions of learning may send forth men strong to think and to act, men who are masters and not slaves of circumstances, men who possess breadth of mind, clearness of thought, and the courage of their convictions.”  {Ed 17.2}

Jesus is our example in choice of sources for learning. “The schools of His time, with their magnifying of things small and their belittling of things great, He did not seek. His education was gained directly from the Heaven-appointed sources; from useful work, from the study of the Scriptures and of nature, and from the experiences of life– God’s lesson books, full of instruction to all who bring to them the willing hand, the seeing eye, and the understanding heart.” Ed 78