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

Communication Services and Visitor Magazine

Telephone: (410) 997-3414
Website: columbiaunionvisitor.com

Vice President for Strategic Communication and Public Relations, and Visitor Magazine Editor:
Celeste Ryan Blyden
Office: ext. 570
Email: cryan@columbiaunion.net 

Assistant Director for Communication Services, Visitor Magazine Assistant Editor—
News, Features, Online: 
V. Michelle Bernard
Office: ext. 572
Email: vmbernard@columbiaunion.net

​Assistant Director for Communication Services, Visitor Magazine Assistant Editor—Newsletters: 
Ricardo Bacchus
Office: ext. 574
Email: rbacchus@columbiaunion.net

Assistant Director for Communication Services, Art Director and Visitor Magazine Designer:
Kelly Butler Coe
Office: ext. 573
Email: kcoe@columbiaunion.net 

Visitor Magazine Advertising and Circulation Manager: Sandra Jones
Office: ext. 571
Email: sjones@columbiaunion.net

Administrative Assistant: Shirley Rowley
Office: ext. 578
Email: srowley@columbiaunion.net

Resources

English:

Adventist Identity Standards Manual

Communication Leader’s Job Description

How to Draw a Crowd

How to Share Your Story on Social Media

Newswriting Primer

Tips for Great Photos

10 Ways to Raise Public Awareness

Spanish:

Communication Leader’s Job Description

Newswriting Primer

10 Ways to Raise Public Awareness

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.