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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As we transition from 2022 to 2023, what will be our support as we go into the future?

All of us have areas in life we would like to improve, and as we reflect on 2022, maybe we have some regrets, in a relationship with God, or with others, or maybe there’s something else in your life you want to address.

Why not think of the Bible as a bridge to transition from the past to the new--from what was to what could be?


President Dave Weigley
photo by crusty da klown/flickr

Editorial by Bob Cundiff

A few months ago, I sat through an excellent Sabbath School discussion where we tackled the tricky question of “the conference as the storehouse.” You can imagine how my role as conference president and guest speaker for the day adds spice to any discussion in which the conference can be seen as the beneficiary.

The study presented the usual questions: “Where is the storehouse? Why is it there?
Is that biblical?” As I listened to the discussion, a question arose in my mind that seemed to inform the discussion in a way that I found helpful. Rather than being a question of geography (Where is it?), our position on this question is informed by our identity (Who are we?).


Editorial by Terry Forde

It is our practice at Adventist HealthCare to begin our meetings with an inspirational thought or prayer. These moments are generally short, but never just routine. Something important happens when we intentionally quiet our hearts, focus our attention or acknowledge God’s abundant care and grace.

Although these moments may not take long, they are moments that matter as we seek to live out our Mission to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. They are reminders that every moment has the potential to be impactful and make a difference.

Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

Story by Allisson Sambataro

Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates White Oak Medical Center’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.