Columbia Union News

Photo by V. Michelle Bernard

Story by Edwin Manuel Garcia

Participants from around the Columbia Union Conference gathered at the union headquarters in Columbia, Md., this week to kick off the second year of the Advancement of Christian Education (ACE) Academy Leadership Coaching initiative.

The year-old initiative is guided by seasoned outside experts connected to the union. Participants include 20 educational leaders with varying degrees of experience who are being offered the tools and training to be successful, and hopefully, will be motivated to stay at their jobs longer.

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Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Two Columbia Union Conference members recently participated as Fulbright Scholars.

Kofi Adu (pictured left), associate professor of physics at Penn State University in Altoona, Pa., and a member of Pennsylvania Conference’s State College church in Furnace, is studying at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana for nine months, returning at the end of August. Adu is working with the university’s Department of Physics to develop and teach a new degree program in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

June 20 is World Refugee Day when the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the United Nations and the world to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, and show support for families forced to leave their homes due to persecution or conflict. 

ADRA remains committed to supporting and protecting refugees and other displaced children, women, and men, providing food, shelter, safe water, hygiene goods, psychosocial support and other services to thousands of refugees internally displaced and stateless persons in around 40 countries. 

WGTS Staff

Story by WGTS Staff

A large and wonderful group of board members, staff, Adventist pastors, supporters and volunteers gathered in April to pray together and request God’s presence and blessing on WGTS’ new ministry center in Rockville. “It was an incredible experience to dedicate the space and all involved to the work God has called us to,” says General Manager Kevin Krueger. Greg Scott, Associate Director at Adventist Review Ministries, says, “It was an honor to participate … I am excited to see what God is going to do with and through this new facility.”

"It is God who works, who transforms the heart. ...We just want to not make it difficult and help them make their next step," shared Tim Madding, lead pastor of Potomac Conference's Beltsville's Ammendale and Tech Road campuses in Maryland.

Watch Madding's presentation at Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism event below.