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 149,000 members worship in 800 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences, two healthcare networks, 81 elementary and secondary schools, a liberal arts university, a health sciences college, a dozen community services centers, six 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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Members of the Dietz family participated in the Pennyslvania Conference's Faith for Family initiative, seeking to share the gospel with people in the Philadelphia area.

During the September Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, announced the details for the 2019–2021, “Share the Light—Share the Hope” evangelism initiative.

“We had a tremendous spike in our baptisms because our conferences made evangelism a priority [at the beginning of the quinquennium],” said Frank Bondurant, vice president for Ministries Development. “We’ll end it with a strong emphasis on evangelism.”

Story by Elizabeth Long

Rick Thie has been named president of the Kettering Medical Center Foundation.

He comes to Kettering Adventist Health Network from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he served as assistant director of and senior gift officer for Planned Giving since 2016. Prior to that he was a managing principal with Lifetime Investment Management, LLC, in Sarasota, Fla.

Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Dayton, and is pursuing his master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Story by Christina Keresoma

Kettering Adventist HealthCare has opened a new hospital in Troy, Ohio, just north of Dayton. A record number of network employees and local community members attended the ribbon cutting, and you could feel the electricity of excitement in the air. The new hospital features 29 medical-surgical beds, cardiac testing, and surgical services in addition to a full-service, 24/7 Emergency Department with 12 beds. The hospital also includes office spaces for primary care visits and other specialized health services.

Story by Heidi Wetmore

Spencerville Adventist Academy is excited to introduce eight new staff members (pictured in order mentioned). Tissiana Bowerman joins the administrative team as head principal. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Andrews University (Mich.), she earned a Master of Education, with an emphasis in Educational Administration and Supervision from Southern Adventist University (Tenn.). Having 20-plus years of experience, covering a broad spectrum of administration, she is uniquely qualified to lead SAA. “I look forward to what we will accomplish as God leads our school to grow and witness for Him,” she says.