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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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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Jyremy Reid displays his art.

“When I am able to see [art] and how it relates to a message, I grasp it a lot better. ... The majority of my generation and later are more visual and kinesthetic learners. Times are changing, and we should definitely adjust and adapt,” says Jyremy Reid (pictured), Potomac Conference’s communication specialist intern, who also hosts the new Potomac People podcast.

Reid recently painted “Mercy, Justice” while Reed Richardi, associate pastor of Potomac’s New Market (Va.) church, preached on Zephaniah 3:17.

Senior Annelise Jacobs starts the day off stretching as part of this school year’s morning workout.

 Story by Tamyra Horst

As the sun begins to rise, so do the students at Blue Mountain Academy (BMA)—for a 6:30 a.m. exercise class. Principal Burney Culpepper runs them through a vigorous morning workout.

When the school year began, some groaned about having to get up so early. Midway through the year, the exercise time was cancelled during FOCUS week to give students early morning quiet time. Surprisingly, students weren’t happy; they had discovered the benefits of starting their day with exercise.

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Story by V. Michelle Bernard

“Thankfulness and worship do marvelous things for the believer. They assess a proper value for the astonishing gift of grace Jesus provided for us. No matter what type of sin we have been involved in, it created a debt we cannot pay. Only because of God’s amazing grace can we still live and breathe— and that is deserving of our gratitude,” writes Lola Moore Johnston, senior pastor of Potomac Conference’s Woodbridge (Va.) church, in her new book, Pursued.

Story by Newport News Award Program and Visitor Staff

Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Calvary Adventist School and Early Learning Center in Newport News, Va., was recently selected for the 2020 Best of Newport News Award in the Private School category of the Newport News Award Program.

Each year the program identifies companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These local companies enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and community and help make the Newport News area a great place to live, work and play.