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 145,000 members worship in 863 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 101 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 8 camps; 5 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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We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble.

As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities.

Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

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President Dave Weigley
Columbia Union Treasurer Emmanuel Asiedu; Columbia Union President Dave Weigley; and Columbia Union Executive Secretary Celeste Ryan Blyden; lead the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee Meeting

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee met today to discuss the union’s recent accomplishments and mission projects. 

Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president, shared the devotional thought, reminding attendees of the real reason for ministry. 

Editorial by Weymouth Spence

At Washington University we have adopted the successful concept of “Relationship-Rich Education.” This involves intentionally integrating course content and deliberate critical attention to our student’s well-being. It is our desire to make every student feel that they belong at Washington Adventist University and that we care about them graduating on time with little or no debt ready for the workplace and for eternity.

Story by Courtney Dove

Nearly 25 students have traveled from Ukraine last week to begin their studies at Kettering College. Their lives and education have been disrupted by war in their country. When the Euro-Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists reached out to universities nationwide asking for assistance, Kettering College President, Nate Brandstater was moved to help.

He asked colleagues at Kettering College and Kettering Health if he would have their support in bringing students to the college. He knew it was a big ask, and he admitted he didn’t have all the answers on how to make it happen, but everyone he discussed it with agreed they wanted to pursue the opportunity.

Story by Tom Ozio

WGTS 91.9 hosts Jerry, Blanca, and Becky rappelled down 14 stories in Tysons Corner for the “Over the Edge” fundraiser on August 26. WGTS raised awareness for the foundation Helping Haitian Angels. They are a nonprofit organization designed to provide shelter, food, clean water, and medical care for orphaned Haitian children. Over $225,000 was raised during this event. The “Over the Edge” fundraiser continues through September 30.