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 150,000 members worship in 860 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 81 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a 49 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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Story by Columbia Union and Potomac Conference Staff

The Board of Education and constituents of John Nevins Andrews (JNA) and Sligo Adventist School, both located in Takoma Park, Md., have approved a proposal to merge and create a new K through eighth-grade school.

Slated to open July 1, 2017, the vision is, “to create an innovative model of Adventist education that provides a holistic learning experience, nurtures faith, develops character and promotes academic excellence…”

Story by Frenita Buddy Fullwood

The Board of Adventist Risk Management, Inc. has named Tim Northrop as the new President, CEO for the company and its affiliated Gencon Insurance companies. Northrop has extensive knowledge in insurance after serving in multiple positions within ARM, most recently as Senior Vice President. He replaces Bob Kyte who retires May 31 to pursue other business opportunities in Idaho.

Story by Jessica Beans

Despite the cold weather, more than 500 gathered at Kettering College’s eighth annual Spring Into Health 5K run/walk and Wellness and Fun Fair on Sunday, April 10.

“I was impressed with the turnout in spite of the cold weather this year,” says Victor Brown, dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “Over the years this event has grown, but we hope that the number of participants will continue to grow so that we will be able to donate even more in the future!”

Paula Olivier, pastor of First church of Montclair in Montclair, N.J., says that for years the Lord impressed her to explain the Sabbath in a different way. “As Seventh-day Adventists, I think we excel at explaining the ‘what‘ of our beliefs, but sometimes pay little attention to the ’why.’ I believe that once [we] define the “why,” we can teach others to embrace the Sabbath as an extension of God’s love for us,” she adds.