In January 1877, the Virginia Conference was organized with 86 members and three churches. It was merged with the District of Columbia Conference in 1924 to form the Potomac Conference, concentrated in Virginia, D.C., and a portion of southern Maryland. Today, there are nearly 30,000 members in the conference, worshipping in 127 diverse congregations for English-speaking, Brazilian, Chinese, Filipino, French, Ghanaian, Korean, and Southern Asian members. There's also a burgeoning Hispanic constituency, and the first and only Mizo Adventist congregation in America was officially organized here in 2002.
The Potomac Conference employs 160 teachers and operates 19 elementary schools and two K-12 schools. It also runs two senior high schools in New Market, Va., and Takoma Park, Md. The Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Store, located in Silver Spring, Md., is one of the largest Christian stores in the United States. It offers a variety of products and facilitates many community programs.
The conference operates a well-known Adventist Community Services center in Silver Spring, Md., as well as in Tappahannock, Staunton, New Market, and Waynesboro, Va., etc. The 550-acre Camp Blue Ridge, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Montebello, Va., is used for youth summer camp and numerous events year-round.
Getting in Touch
President: Bill Miller
Vice President for Administration: Jorge A. Ramirez
Vice President for Finance: Dave Vandevere
Assistant to the President for Communication: Debra Anderson
Telephone: (540) 886-0771 or (800) 732-1844
Fax: (540) 886-5734