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 Nestor Bruno

Pastors, chaplains, and other caregivers spend their time helping people learn how to care for themselves in areas such as resiliency, depression, burnout, loss, use of medications for emotional illness, and nutrition and mental health. Those professionals who wish to expand their knowledge will soon have a unique learning opportunity. The annual George T. Harding IV Conference on Mental Health and the Faith Community will be offered September 29–October 1 in Dayton, Ohio. Co-sponsored by Kettering Adventist HealthCare, the Harding-Buller Foundation of Worthington, and Ministry Care Services, the event will feature presentations by experienced mental health professionals featuring dynamic experiential learning modules.

Willow Grove church member Rosemarie Webster takes blood pressure from frequent visitor Dornell LaVant during the Community Outreach Day.

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Allegheny East Conference's Willow Grove (Pa.) church recently launched the grand opening of their soup kitchen at the Grace Center of Hope building, located across from the church. They held this event in conjunction with their Community Outreach Day. More than 40 community residents and seven police officers from the Abington Police Department (Pa.) attended.

Amy Thomas, a student at Temple University, tutors third-grader Jodi Glenn as part of the REACH Success after-school program.

Story by LeShawn Browne

Logan is a second-grader who struggled with reading. He lacked confidence in his ability and was way behind other students in his class. Then his mom discovered the REACH Success tutoring program, launched by the REACH Philadelphia church in 2014, which partners volunteers with students who need help with their schoolwork.