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

En una serie de reuniones de caravanas, miembros de 17 iglesias alrededor de la Conferencia de Chesapeake se reunieron para animar a los asistentes a ganar almas para Jesús, plantar iglesias multiculturales e iniciar grupos pequeños. 

El orador José D. Espósito, asistente del presidente para evangelismo en la Unión de Columbia, dijo que el liderazgo de la unión está enfatizando la plantación de iglesias multiculturales y multilingües en la comunidad, no solo para las comunidades de inmigrantes de segunda y tercera generación. 

 El evento fue organizado para animar y motivar a los miembros de la iglesia, pero Espósito informa que alrededor del 10 por ciento de los asistentes eran miembros de la comunidad invitados por amigos. 

In less than two months, Pathfinders from across the Columbia Union Conference will gather at Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in Glen Jean, W.Va., for the 'Relentless' Columbia Union Camporee. 

This week several of the planning committee members and event staff visited the grounds again to make final preparations for the event with more than 2,000 registered participants. Frank Bondurant, camporee planning chair and the union’s vice president for ministries development, urges attending clubs to also start preparing for the big event, by doing the following now: 

WGTS afternoon host,Johnny Stone,plays “Bible or Not’ with listeners.

Story by Tom Ozio, WGTS 91.9 intern

WGTS 91.9 is back after two years to host their first ice cream social on Friday, June 17. Over 300 WGTS listeners descended on Baker Park in Frederick, Md., for free ice cream and a chance to hang out with the WGTS crew. WGTS afternoon show hosts Johnny and Stacey Stone did their afternoon broadcast.

“After two years of not gathering in large groups, it’s good to get back out on the road. Serving ice cream to hundreds of people is totally our brand of fun,” says promotions director and morning show host Jerry Woods.

Story by Helene Riggs

“It doesn’t matter if the goal is completely met, but it does matter that there is a goal,” said Delthony Gordon, pastor of the Beavercreek church, as he presented the conference wide “2023 Initiative” to the church board in May 2021.

Gordon shared the idea of 2,023 Ohio baptisms by the year 2023 and challenged the board to set a baptismal goal for their church. After discussion, they unanimously picked 21 baptisms and extended the challenge to each ministry of the church.

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Editorial by Jerry Lutz

“For I know where I came from and where I am going” (John 8:14, NKJV).

Jesus made three things about Himself clear to those who questioned His identity or the veracity of His claims: He knew Who He was, to Whom He belonged, and where He was going. These three certainties, which Jesus often found the opportunity to articulate in His many encounters with doubters and critics, comprised the firm foundation of His earthly mission and ministry.