Who We Are, How We Serve

The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 145,000 members worship in 800 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences, two healthcare networks, 81 elementary and secondary schools, a liberal arts university, a health sciences college, a dozen community services centers, six book and health food stores and a radio station.

Mission Values Priorities

We Believe

God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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Story by Jessica Duffy

ADRA is launching a month-­long campaign  in support of refugees, beginning on May  30.  Through this campaign, ADRA will join other non-­profit organizations around the  world in showing support for refugees in the lead up to World Refugee Day June  20.  The campaign will also complement World Refugee Day Sabbath on June 18.    

In addition to showing ADRA’s support for refugees, the campaign aims to engage the  public in an open dialogue,  providing a better understanding of refugees,  and  challenging some of the prejudices and misinformation which surrounds the topic.    

Since refugees began arriving in Europe in unprecedented numbers in 2015, ADRA has been active in seven Eastern European countries, helping over 120,000  refugees.  Their dedicated staff and volunteers provided essential items including  food, winter clothing, and hygiene kits, as  well as  services such as transport,  information and translation services,  psychosocial support, and charging stations.   

The closure of European borders in March 2016 has left around 50,000 refugees  stranded in Greece. ADRA has established a presence in Greece and is responding  to some of the immediate needs of the camps in  the country’s north. The overall  project goal is the improved living conditions fo  vulnerable refugees and migrants.    

Seth Bardu, Columbia Union Conference treasurer, shares the 27th Constituency Treasurer’s Report about the work of his team during the last five years.

“Treasury is about more than managing the tithes and offerings, more than creating budgets, processing payroll and furnishing reports,” he says. “It’s about doing our part to help people gain a greater understanding of the mission and preparing them for greater service in God’s church."

View Columbia Union Constituency Meeting quotes, videos and photos on the Visitor Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

This two-minute video provides a visual overview at the Columbia Union Conference. “We hope it will help members know who we are, where we are located, and how we serve,” says Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president for Strategic Communication and Public Relations. “It also answers questions people have about membership, mission and the role our union plays in advancing the mission of Christ.”

Story by Donna Bigler

Washington Adventist University (WAU) held its quinquennial Constituency Meeting  May 20, 2016 at Potomac Conference's Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Dave Weigley, Chair of the WAU Board of Trustees and Columbia Union Conference president.  Michael Kulakov,WAU Religion professor, led the devotion and prayer.

During the meeting, new board members were nominated and approved. They included Evelyn Bata, Andre Hardy, Shawn Fordham and Donovan Ross.