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Allegheny East’s Virginia Churches Form Health Network

Story by Taashi Rowe

Several Allegheny East Conference churches in Virginia including the Campostella Heights church in Norfolk, the Calvary church in Newport News and the Capernaum church in Suffolk came together recently to celebrate the grand opening of the Adventist Wellness Community Center Network. The network, based at the Campostella Heights church, centralizes all of the health resources of Seventh-day Adventist churches in the area and makes them accessible to everyone in the community.

Lynette Moore, MD, Health Ministries coordinator for the conference’s Virginia churches as well as the director of this new center, says their goal is to create healthier children, adults, families and communities by educating, empowering and inspiring the faith community and local community at large to live at optimal levels of health physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

“This is not to be an isolated wellness center but one that utilizes other Adventist churches and other community organizations,” she explains. “We all need each other and have gifts and talents in different areas so we partnered together to offer different services like cooking classes and exercise classes.”

Those wanting to keep informed of different classes and seminars in the area need only to visit the center’s website and view the calendar, which alerts them of wellness events at one of the 10-plus Adventist churches in the area.

Although the center does not have regular hours, it does include a staff of volunteer physicians, personal trainers, exercise instructors and a healthy cuisine instructor. It also contains free health and spiritual literature, an exercise bike, weights and can also be used for classes.

The open house drew some 60 attendees, including eight visitors who signed up to utilize the services of the center. Lawrence Lambert, the program manager from American Diabetes Association, also attended and gave a presentation on this deadly disease. The center is already coordinating blood drives, a mammogram mobile, a ladies’ exercise class and blood pressure checks. For more information on the center, visit adventistwellnesscenter.com.


The center has a ladies’ exercise class each Sunday morning.


Michael Edwards, Campostella Heights church pastor, is also a certified personal trainer.