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

Story by Esther Hernandez

Rafael Tavares, a senior at Blue Mountain Academy, was born into a Christian home with a praying mother. As a young person, he decided to enjoy life and leave the church. Despite his decision, he knew his choices weren’t glorifying God. “I didn’t understand the impact of my choices—the movies I watched, the music I listened to,” Tavares shares. “But God kept sending me people who showed me His love and truth.”

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Editorial by Bob Cundiff

Not too many people have heard the story I’m about to share with you. When the pandemic broke in Spring 2020, many conference administrators contacted the North American Division asking for counsel on how to continue ministry in the new economic fabric brought on by COVID-19.

Johnny Stone plays Bible or Not with a young listener. Photo by Eugene Simonov

Story by Lisa Krueger

Growing closer to God. Learning what He shares in His Word. Discovering verses that give hope, strength and peace in difficult times.

Every day, the WGTS team encourages listening families to learn more about God through study of the Bible. Each afternoon, listeners learn from a fun game named Bible or Not, hosted by Johnny and Stacey Stone. They started Bible or Not on WGTS five years ago. “As soon as it is announced for listeners to call in to play the game on-air, all 10 phone lines light up like a Christmas tree,” says Johnny.

CORE student Matthew Ullom tells Bible stories to refugee children during a recent mission trip.

Story by Tamyra Horst

Imagine waking up at 2 a.m., traveling all morning, landing in another state at noon, and immediately setting up a mini-health fair with multilingual materials, health care, free household items, and children's games and stories. While part of your team engages with people at the fair, others go door to door, visiting, sharing literature and offering prayer.