Office of the Executive Secretary

How We Serve

The executive secretary works to ensure the smooth operation of the Columbia Union Conference and its entities. He assists the president in his leadership role with the union, Columbia Union College, and the healthcare systems and serves as vice chair for several boards and committees.

He sees that the Columbia Union and its local conferences abide by their respective constitutions and bylaws. He also directs the keeping and distribution of minutes, policies, and resolutions of the Union Executive Committee and its sub-committees. Human resources is another area of responsibility.

About Rob Vandeman

Rob Vandeman was born in Hinsdale, Ill. He grew up in the Chicago area before moving to Denver as a teenager. His parents worked at Seventh-day Adventist hospitals in both Hinsdale and Denver. He met his wife, Judy, at Union College in Nebraska in the early 1970s. He holds degrees in theology from both Union College and Andrews University (Mich.).
He began his pastoral ministry in Denver in 1971 and served pastorates in Colorado and Minnesota before coming to Chesapeake in 1984 as senior pastor of the Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md. He became president of the Chesapeake Conference in December of 2005 after 10 years serving as conference secretary, Ministerial secretary and communication director. He transitioned to the Columbia Union Conference as executive secretary in September 2011.
The Vandemans have two adult children—Keri and Kevin—and two grandchildren.

Getting in Touch

Office of the Executive Secretary

Telephone: (410) 997-3414

Executive Secretary: Rob Vandeman
Office: ext. 535
Executive Assistant: Shannon Kornick
Office: ext. 536




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