Who We Are, How We Serve

The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 145,000 members worship in 800 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences, two healthcare networks, 81 elementary and secondary schools, a liberal arts university, a health sciences college, a dozen community services centers, six book and health food stores and a radio station.

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God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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The North American headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently relocated to Howard County, Maryland, and is eager to get to know their new neighbors. A great way to do that this Thanksgiving season is inviting them to come share in our love of healthful food and lifestyles.

On Sunday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they'll give away 25,000 lbs of fresh produce: bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, greens, onions, sweet potatoes and more!

The NAD staff is also partnering with our friends at Howard County General Hospital to offer

  • Blood pressure screenings

  • Stroke risk assessments

  • Prediabetes risk assessments

Story by Lydia Parris

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital announced a new name for its White Oak, Md. hospital this week, as the project marked a major construction milestone.

The current Washington Adventist Hospital will be renamed Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center when it opens in eastern Montgomery County, Maryland in the summer of 2019.

Construction is making steady progress, including the completion of the outside of the seven-story main hospital. The 170-private-room hospital celebrated a “topping out” ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 15, when the project reached its highest point.

Photo by James Devaun from Flickr

Editorial by Rick Remmers

North Korea is increasingly unpredictable and dangerous as it fires off longer range missiles with devastating potential. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18, NKJV).

Record rainfalls and once in a millennium flooding cause the costliest disaster in U.S. history. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chron. 16:8, NKJV).

Violence between protesters and white supremacists results in injuries and death. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4, NKJV).

Story by NAD Staff

On December 2, 2017, at 4 p.m. (CST) students from Oakwood University will dialogue with Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders from the North American Division (NAD) during a 120-minute livestreamed conversation. During “Is This Thing On?” Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, and Alex Bryant, executive secretary, will answer questions via audience and social media during the program’s second Facebook Live event this year.

Project director Adilynn woods poses with the completed shoeboxes.

Story by New Hope church staff

On a recent Sabbath afternoon children who are members of Chesapeake Conference's New Hope church's Adventurers Club in Fulton, Md.,  packed more than 200 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The club members formed an assembly line and packed things like notebooks, pencils, crayons, hygiene products, small toys and Bibles into the boxes. These boxes will be taken to a Samaritan’s Purse processing center near Baltimore where a workbook that presents the Gospel for children is added. Then the boxes are shipped to children in the developing world. They are an evangelism tool to over eight million children a year.