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 has served as assistant to the president for communication for the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 2002. In that role, she directs communication for the Mid-Atlantic region, serves as editor 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

Assistant to the President for Communication: Celeste Ryan Blyden
Tel: (301) 596-0800, ext. 570;

Assistant Director: Kelly Butler Coe Ext. 573;
Assistant Director: Beth Michaels, Ext. 574;
Assistant Director: Taashi Rowe, Ext. 572;
Circulation Manager: Sandra Jones, Ext. 571;
Digital Media Coordinator: V. Michelle Bernard, Ext. 578;


Meet the Staff: Kelly Butler Coe, art director and designer; Beth Michaels, associate editor; Celeste Ryan Blyden, editor and publisher; Sandra Jones, copy editor and bulletin board editor; Taashi Rowe, assistant editor.

  Additional Information Links:

2011 Constituency Report

2013 Poetry Contest

Communication Resources

Visitor Advertising/Subscription Information

Visitor Magazine Archives

Visitor Resources