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For most Americans, soccer is a weekend activity for little boys and girls, but travel outside our unenlightened borders and you quickly learn that soccer (or football to everyone else) is a religion. So it was for Joakim Hjortland, who discovered his passion for football when he was 6. Joakim, one of Andrews University’s growing number of online students, is a religion major who is studying from his home in Bergen, Norway. Until he turned 17, Joakim planned on a career as a member of a FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) team with golden dreams of World Cup games. But all of that changed when God showed Joakim that there are trophies more important than the World Cup. Joakim is now living a life of service as a speaker, author and an elder in the Bergen Seventh-day Adventist Church. More than that, Joakim has channeled his enthusiasm and intensity into a growing ministry. He is putting what he has learned in his Andrews University program to practical use by spreading the word of God and changing the world. Take a step into Andrews University’s virtual campus and learn more about Joakim and his remarkable journey in Stories of Andrews at

Alayne Thorpe Dean, School of Distance Education & International Partnerships/School of Graduate Studies

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Bergen, Norway


World Changers Made Here

First Department

Religion and Biblical Languages

Joakim Hjortland