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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Story by Taylor Kelley

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rating is based on quality and performance measures as compared to over 4,000 hospitals across the country. Less than 9% of hospitals received five stars. Shady Grove Medical Center is the only hospital in Montgomery County, and one of eight in Maryland, to receive the distinction.

"This achievement represents years of hard work at every level of our organization," said Dan Cochran, president of Shady Grove Medical Center. "This five-star distinction is truly the mark of people and processes coming together to make sure our patients have the safest, highest quality care."

The Aerials team participates at the “Live for Him” Acrofest 2019.

Story by Andrew S. Lay

In fall 2019, more than 20 members from the Highland View Academy (HVA) Aerials gymnastics team performed at the “Live for Him” Acrofest, hosted by Southern Adventist University (SAU) in Tennessee.

Sponsored by the SAU’s Gym-Masters, this annual gymnastics clinic encourages student-athletes to increase excellence in acrobatics/gymnastics and their walk with God.

Blue Mountain Academy student Summer Dekle and Spencerville Adventist Academy Student Darysa Gregory receive scholarships.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard / Photo by Robert Martinez

Last weekend at Washington Adventist University’s MusicFest 2020, the school’s Music Department awarded $154,000 in scholarships to event attendees. Students from academies across the Columbia Union Conference received $118,000 of those scholarships. Watch their Friday evening performance below.

The following Columbia Union Conference students received scholarships: