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 internal communication, spearheads external communication initiatives and serves as publisher of the award-winning Visitor magazine and its online platforms, which the Associated Church Press named “Best Denominational Magazine” in the United States and Canada in 2010.
 
During that last 15 years, Celeste has helped a number of organizations effectively communicate during crisis situations, managed dozens of cases and conducted numerous training workshops across North America and the Caribbean. In 2008 the Religion Communicators Council recognized her with an award of excellence for her Crisis Management Guide, published by the Columbia Union Conference. In 2013, the North American Division and AdventSource published her first book, titled Crisis Boot Camp, in print and eBook formats.
 
The Blue Mountain Academy graduate has a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Bowie State University and plans to pursue a doctorate in Strategic Communication and Leadership.
 

Getting in Touch

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




Associate Director: Beth Michaels, Ext. 574; bmichaels@columbiaunion.net


Assistant Director: Kelly Butler Coe, Ext. 573; kcoe@columbiaunion.net


Assistant Director: V. Michelle Bernard, Ext. 572; vmbernard@columbiaunion.net


Circulation Manager: Sandra Jones, Ext. 571;sjones@columbiaunion.net


Administrative Assistant: Shirley Rowley, Ext. 578; srowley@columbiaunion.net

   
Additional Information Links:

2011 Constituency Report

2013 Poetry Contest

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