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

Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

Después de una búsqueda de cinco meses, Kettering Health invitó a Michael Gentry a liderar el próximo capítulo del futuro de la organización como director ejecutivo. Gentry es un líder de atención médica impulsado por una misión con experiencia ejecutiva en los principales sistemas de todo el país. Su primer día oficial en Kettering Health es el 3 de julio.

Recientemente, Gentry se desempeñó como director de operaciones en Sentara Healthcare, con sede en Norfolk, Virginia.

Historias de V. Michelle Bernard

Los miembros del Comité Ejecutivo de Columbia Union se reunieron recientemente para escuchar los informes de los ministerios y entidades de toda la unión:

• Dave Weigley, presidente de Columbia Union, enfatizó el propósito de la iglesia: servir a nuestra comunidad y llevar el evangelio al mundo. Señaló los planes para dos próximas iniciativas de evangelización: una en Cincinnati, apoyada por las conferencias de Allegheny West y Ohio, y otra en Baltimore, apoyada por las conferencias de Allegheny East y Chesapeake.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Ileana Espinosa, who worked as the associate director of elementary education in the Office of Education at the Columbia Union Conference for more than 10 years, retired June 30. 

With experience in Seventh-day Adventist education, including time in the elementary classroom, as an education superintendent and associate superintendent, Espinosa brought more than 40 years of experience to her role.

Photo by Ethan Garcia

By Elizabeth Anderson 

Who knew art classes could warm hearts? Megan Garcia, who attends Mountain View Conference’s Charleston Boulevard church in West Virginia, is learning that sharing her gift of creativity comes with a lot of prayer, personal investment and waiting.

During her art classes held at the church, Garcia leads several types of projects—including a geode class. It doesn’t hurt that a four-course meal is part of the package, she says.

“There’s tons of people who come for the first time who would never set foot in a church, but it’s like a safe place,” Garcia says, noting that she is intentional about creating a positive family-style environment that is informal, yet Christ-centered.

Feature by Elizabeth Anderson / Photos by Jay Alignay and Brad Barnwell

The words “evangelism” and “witnessing” might resurrect memories of knocking on strangers’ doors, clanking ingathering cans and distributing tent revival or Revelation Seminar invitations. Those traditional methods of sharing the Seventh-day Adventist message still have their place, however, some members from the Columbia Union Conference are learning that being the “salt and light” can show up in different flavors—like pickleball. These members are allowing Christ’s love to breathe through this hobby and passion to bring about organic, yet intentional friendships.

Pickleball Flavor