Upon hearing that he was named the Peace Prize recipient, Olav said, “I had the privilege of attending these ceremonies in Cape Town and Rome for the recognition of Nelson Mandela and the Community St. Egidio. For me, this Peace Award is an expression of God's grace. Grace is something I don't deserve, but I'm always willing to accept.”
Rev. Olav Pärnamets has served the Methodist Church all his life, and his courage and persistance has been an inspiration to the succeeding generations of Christian leaders. Without his vision, there would be no BMTS. As Olav was not able to acquire theological education himself during the Soviet era, he was the more convinced that a theological school was needed to prepare pastors and leaders for the future of the Methodist Church in the re-established Estonian Republic.
The community of the BMTS congratulates Olav on this lifetime achievement award!