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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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

Story by Tamaria Kulemeka

While many parents and students were eager to return to in-person learning after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of 2020, Marcus and Chanelle Eveillard found a refuge in virtual learning that extended beyond anything they could have imagined. 

The Eveillards—who are accustomed to moving often because of Marcus Sr.’s military service—continue to send their three oldest children, 13-year-old Marcus Jr., 11-year-old Chawn-donna, and 8-year-old Chameron, to New Jersey Conference’s Meadow View Junior Academy in Chesterfield, though they now reside in Plumas Lake, Calif. 

Story by Evan Knott

A Sabbath School class from the Atholton church in Columbia, Md., recently held a baby shower for an Afghan refugee family that had relocated to the area.

Members from Atholton’s “Three M” Sabbath School class (Mission, Message, Mingling) purchased a bassinet, baby clothes, diapers and other essential supplies for a pregnant Afghan woman. The class became aware of the woman’s needs while volunteering with Chesapeake Conference’s Adventist Community Services (ACS) earlier in the week.

Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center and Stryker hit a home run earlier this summer by bringing health education to the Bowie Baysox Stadium in Bowie, Md.  

Dr. Rhamee Badr, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center, discussed the latest technological developments in hip and knee replacement, including the use of Mako SmartRobotics, on June 22. 

"With the help of Mako SmartRobotics, we're able to perform less invasive surgeries which means a quicker recovery for patients," said Eunmee Shim, president of Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center. "This addition to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our growing commitment to provide the community with safe, effective, and innovative healthcare."

Story by V. Michelle Bernard 

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW), with the help of Adventist HealthCare, has started Healthy Child 1000, a program to assist mothers with needs, from conception to the time the baby turns two.  

Prior to the new program, ACSGW already provided food and diapers and a monthly food basket to families. Participating families can now receive fresh produce, nutritious shelf-stable foods and baked goods every other week, as well as feminine hygiene items and 100 diapers each month. At weaning, baby/toddler food will be added.