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Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee met today to hear reports from ministries and entities across the union. In his report, Dave Weigley (pictured with Jose Esposito), Columbia Union president, emphasized the purpose of the church: to serve our community and carry the gospel to the world. 

He noted the plans for two upcoming evangelistic initiatives—one in Cincinnati, supported by the Allegheny West and Ohio conferences, and one in Baltimore, supported by the Allegheny East and Chesapeake conferences.

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As summer camp season draws closer, many camp administrators are having a hard time recruiting staff for their ministries. "It has been much more difficult this year to find students/staff," say Ray Queen and Julie Minnick, director and associate director, respectively, at Potomac Conference's Camp Blue Ridge in Montebello, Va. “It has also been difficult to get them to commit and even fill out [an] application."

Other directors have reported similar situations. Minnick says that "students are being pulled in so many directions with school [and] career choices, and the biggest distraction is accepting internships," among other issues.

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March 28, 2023
For Immediate Release

Statement From the Columbia Union Conference Regarding Allegations at Kettering Health

The Columbia Union Conference is aware and takes seriously allegations of inappropriate fiscal and operational management at Kettering Health, a nonprofit health care organization sponsored by the Columbia Union. 

The allegations are currently being investigated by an external firm retained by the Kettering Health Board to conduct a thorough and independent examination.  

Pathfinders from Chesapeake Conference's Westminster Pathfinder Club participate in the 2023 Columbia Union Pathfinder Bible Experience. Image by Nate Hochstetler

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Pathfinders from 41 teams across the Columbia Union Conference participated in the union-level Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) on Sabbath at Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa. Twenty-seven of those teams placed first and will continue on to the April 21, 22 division level event in Tampa. 

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