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
Communication Services and Visitor Magazine
Telephone: (410) 997-3414
Vice President for Strategic Communication and Public Relations:
Celeste Ryan Blyden
Office: ext. 570
Associate Director for Communication Services and Visitor Magazine Editor:
Office: ext. 574
Assistant Director for Communication Services, Digital Media Coordinator and Visitor Magazine Assistant Editor:
V. Michelle Bernard
Office: ext. 572
Assistant Director for Communication Services, Art Director and Visitor Magazine Designer: Kelly Butler Coe
Office: ext. 573
Visitor Magazine Advertising and Circulation Manager: Sandra Jones
Office: ext. 571
Administrative Assistant: Shirley Rowley
Office: ext. 578
The Visitor Magazine:
To read current news, access subscriber information, obtain advertising guidelines and rates, download an obituary form or to submit a story, please visit the Visitor news site.