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 149,000 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.

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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 V. Michelle Bernard

Pastor Robert Cominsky, a member of New Jersey Conference’s Robbinsville church, and a longtime volunteer pastor in the conference, recently passed away in a fire at his home on Amboy Avenue.

Though confined to a wheelchair, Cominsky was an active elder and volunteer at the Robbinsville church and local community, and had served as a volunteer pastor in the conference for the past two decades.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of Pastor Robert Comisky,” says Mario Thorp, executive secretary for the conference. “He was a strong Bible-based preacher and a passionate supporter of Adventist education.”

Memorial plans are still to be determined.

Professional chef Mark Anthony provides a cooking school training, hosted by the Findlay church.

Story by Michael Stough II

Throughout the yearlong journey with Disciple Ohio—a complete member involvement initiative—Ohio Conference church members have been encouraged to think big and outside the box. The Findlay (Ohio) church took this to heart and recently hosted a cooking school by noted professional chef Mark Anthony. They began the planning stages during the summer months, to put invitations into the hands of fairgoers at the Hancock County Fair. 

Busy at work by Emma Howard from Flickr

Editorial by Jerry Lutz

There are many today who are too busy for spiritual things. Not just those who reject the gospel, but even Bible-believing, church-going people. Like those in the parable Jesus told of the wedding banquet (Matt. 22:1–14), today some have "fields," business matters or excuses that keep them from faith in the One who brings salvation.

Story by Elizabeth Long

In response to the statewide emergency medical technician (EMT) shortage, Kettering Health Network’s Kettering Mobile Care leaders are going to pay tuition and full-time wages for 24 candidates who attend the EMT Academy at Butler Tech in Liberty Twp. The eight-week class begins January 6, 2020.

Kettering Mobile Care is Kettering Health Network’s medical transportation service whose vehicles are dedicated solely to transporting patients into and out of the health system’s hospitals, emergency departments and outpatient facilities.

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.”