Chesapeake Map

Story by Andre Hastick

There are 50 areas within the Chesapeake Conference that need a Seventh-day Adventist Church presence, says David Klinedinst, Evangelism and Church Growth director for the conference. To address this gap in church-to-population ratio, the conference has officially adopted a plan to plant 35 new churches by the year 2025.

“It’s part of the gospel commission,” says Klinedinst. “The early Adventist church was always a churchplanting movement, so it’s time to rediscover our roots. And this will help us depend more on Christ because this is something we cannot do alone.”

Editorial by William T. Cox, Sr.
Image by Mohamed Hassan on Pixabay

God has done amazing things in the Allegheny West Conference in 2019. This year has looked a lot better than in years past. Between 2018–19, we were able to eliminate a total of $1.5 million of debt. We also ended last year with the highest tithe amount in our conference’s history. And as we near the end of 2019, we are projecting to exceed that mark.

Montclair Health Fair

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The First Church of Montclair in New Jersey recently hosted its 12th annual Community Health Fair. The health and community service departments worked together to offer free health screenings, education and food to more than 300 attendees.

Marlington Company

Story by Roger Stull

In October 2006, Robert “Doc” Michael, pastor of the Summersville (W.Va.) church, conducted a Revelation Seminar in Marlinton, W.Va., the town where he was born and raised. Soon conference leaders decided to establish a Branch Sabbath School, and the group held their first Sabbath services December 2006 at the St. John’s Episcopal Church with 12 in attendance. By July 2007, the Marlinton Fellowship was officially recognized as the Marlinton Seventh-day Adventist Company.

Story by Elizabeth Long and Doug Cornelius

Kettering Adventist HealthCare,  Kettering Physician Network and Kroger Health are celebrating their new partnership to offer consumers improved access to healthcare services and physicians at Kroger Health’s The Little Clinic and pharmacy locations in southwest Ohio. They are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony and health fair on Wednesday, December 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Kroger store, 5400 Cornerstone North Blvd., Centerville.

The event is free and open to the public. Media are invited to attend.

Story by Christina Keresoma

Homefull, an organization that provides services to the homeless, opened a fresh produce farm stand in Kettering Adventist HealthCare's Grandview Medical Center’s lobby.

“Homefull is excited to expand our produce farm stand to Grandview Medical Center because this will help people living in food deserts access affordable, fresh produce,” says Tina Patterson, Homefull CEO. “Our farm stands also help provide training and jobs to our persons served. Purchases will support our programs, ultimately addressing our goals of increasing and improving housing, food, and jobs.”

Story by Agustina Francisco

For more than 10 years, I drove by the “red building,” not knowing it was the New Brunswick (N.J.) church. I knew it was a Christian church because on Saturdays I saw many happy people, well-dressed and with Bibles under their arms. Nevertheless, it wasn’t relevant to me.

After some time, I noticed that on Sunday mornings, another group of people, the majority of them from foreign countries, stood by the church for hours to receive food. Earlier this year, I decided to go on a Sunday, and I was blessed with the items they gladly shared.

Wellness instructor Ezra St. Juste staffs the natural remedy literature display table at the Community Health Expo.

Story by Benia Jennings

Aiming to reach their local community with the biblical health message, Allegheny West Conference's Glenville Present Truth church in Cleveland—just blocks away from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic—has made health and wellness the mission of their church.

Jian Lin and Boyan Levterov are Potomac Conference's new full-time church planters.

Story by Tiffany Doss

In keeping with Potomac’s 2020 mission and vision of planting churches in population/people groups of 20,000 or more that currently do not have an Adventist presence, administration has brought on two full-time church planters.