Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Instead of attending afternoon seminars at the 2016 Allegheny East Conference (AEC) Camp Meeting, campers participated in service opportunities in nearby Pottstown, Pa.

Service activities included: sponsoring a community kids’ health fair, volunteering at a local community garden, distributing flowers in a nursing home, writing encouraging letters to prisoners and distributing balloons with words of encouragement. AEC even sponsored a “senior prom,” complete with boutonnieres and corsages at another nursing home.

William Hall, Delaware Valley Area Ministerium leader, welcomes Janene and Ron Williams to the Macedonia church.

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The Allegheny East Conference's Macedonia church in Chester, Pa., recently held a day of celebration to welcome new pastor Ronald Williams and his wife, Janene. Williams comes to the Allegheny East Conference from the Central States Conference where he served as the director of Men's Ministries and a local church pastor.  Williams has a strong commitment to community ministry and engagement, and earned a doctorate in Urban Ministry from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Mich.).

Pastor Pedro Simpson baptizes the Martinez family as  evangelist Julio Chazarreta looks on

Story by Heidi Shoemaker

Forty-five people decided to surrender their lives to Jesus in a baptismal ceremony held at the conclusion of what Pastor Pedro Simpson calls a revolutionary campaign named 120 Days of Power.

Pedro Simpson, district pastor and Hispanic Ministries coordinator for the Ohio Conference, and Spanish District of Cleveland leaders led members on a spiritual and missionary journey which included 40 days of prayer, followed by 40 days of witnessing and another 40 days of preaching intended to gain 40 new souls for the kingdom of Heaven.

This weekend Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., is hosting their Homecoming 2016 Weekend featuring Ron Halvorsen Jr., as the Sabbath morning speaker and Point of Grace as the featured musicians.

Halverson, former Sligo senior pastor, is the president of the Ohio Conference. Point of Grace, a Dove Award winning Christian trio, will sing during the 11 a.m. service and provide a free 6 p.m. concert at the church.

All service attendees will be provided with a Sligo sticker that will allow them to each lunch at the international luncheon at the Takoma Academy Gymnasium.  The weekend will end with the Annual Tennis Tournament on Sunday morning.

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During the two-and-a-half-day Pathway clinic in Beckley, 1,722 people received $6.5 million in free services that included dental procedures, eye exams and medical services such as cardiology, radiology, pediatrics, podiatry, HIV tests and minor surgical procedures, etc. Patients were also offered healthy lifestyle counseling, massages, haircuts and styles, spiritual literature, a vegan lunch and supper, the opportunity to visit the clothing distribution center and prayer with a chaplain. Read more  in English or Spanish.


Story by Elizabeth Long

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kettering Adventist HealthCare's Kettering Medical Centerin Kettering, Ohio,  among the best hospitals for 2016-17. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions.

Kettering Medical Center is ranked #17 out of 210 hospitals in Ohio, and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in the Dayton metro area and the Ohio River Valley region. It is recognized as high performing in the following specialties:

Nine students from Columbia Union Conference academies recently received the Office of Education's annual Caring Heart Award.  See the winners below.


Victoria EmilaireBlue Mountain Academy: Victoria Emilaire






Highland View Academy: Alissa Tanguay







Pine Forge Academy: Mesha Lewis






Richmond Academy: Vivian Riamundo







Spencerville Adventist Academy: Franshesca Sequeira







Shenandoah Valley Acadeny: Samuel Alberto Renderos