Communication Services

How We Serve

Communication Services works to provide consistent, quality communication and support services for the Columbia Union Conference and its 12 entities, through training, consulting and information sharing. We use the Internet, email, print, video, social media, marketing and promotion and presentations at camp meetings and other events to keep members informed about news, information and resources for effective ministry.

Communication Services also coordinates public and media relations campaigns, strategic planning and crisis management efforts.

About Celeste Ryan Blyden

Celeste Ryan Blyden serves as vice president for strategic communication and public relations for the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In that role, she directs communication for the Mid-Atlantic region, serves as publisher of the award-winning Visitor magazine, and coordinates crisis management efforts. She’s written hundreds of articles, been published in several books, and helped edit others. She’s also a sought-after motivational speaker who likes to share practical insights of the Christian’s life and journey.
The Blue Mountain Academy (Hamburg, Pa.) graduate has a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Bowie State University. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, Austin and two fabulous daughters.

Getting in Touch

Vice President for Strategic Communication and Public Relations: Celeste Ryan Blyden
Tel: (301) 596-0800, ext. 570;

Associate Director: Beth Michaels, Ext. 574;

Assistant Director: Kelly Butler Coe, Ext. 573;

Assistant Director: V. Michelle Bernard, Ext. 572;

Circulation Manager: Sandra Jones, Ext. 571;

Administrative Assistant: Shirley Rowley, Ext. 578;

Additional Information Links:

2011 Constituency Report

2013 Poetry Contest

Communication Resources

Visitor Advertising/Subscription Information

Visitor Magazine Archives

Visitor Resources