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.

Mission Values Priorities

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 Tina Sheesley

Thousands of new moms each year get support from Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, including guidance from internationally recognized lactation consultants. Now, those breastfeeding experts have opened Maryland’s first hospital-based milk depot to better connect area moms with extra breast milk to babies in need.

David L. King Community Resource Center

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The First church of Paterson, N.J., recently dedicated the David L. King Community Resource Center, named after the church’s former pastor who passed away in 2012. King’s wife, Deborah, attended the dedication, along with other members of the King family. King served as pastor from 2006–2012, when the property for the center was acquired. Richard P. Campbell now serves as pastor.

Editorial by Kevin Krueger

Is your heart leaning toward stress today or toward hope? Take a moment to consider Jesus’ promise in John 14:27 — I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart.

Take hold of that promise today, grip it with all your might. Perhaps you’ve wondered for years about where you’ll find peace of heart.

Gary shared with us, “I struggled with drugs and alcohol for 30 years. Last year I began listening to WGTS. You led me back to God and helped me find a church. Because of WGTS, I’ve made major changes in my life and have been sober for seven months.”

Final Empire Series Kicks Off

Story by Ron Mills

In this election year, as millions of Americans consider the future of the United States, some are taking a step back to consider the nation’s origins. How did the idea of the United States germinate? What forces were at play at the beginning? What role did religion really have in the formation of the nation? And what can history teach us as we consider the decisions America faces today?

Shady Grove Medical Center today.

Story by Thomas Grant

Looking at the buildings and bustle around Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center today, it’s hard to believe that the hospital’s Rockville, Maryland, campus was acres of farmland before the 1970s. As Shady Grove turned 40 in December, it celebrated its growth and expansion plans under a new leader to serve more of its suburban Washington, D.C., community.