How We Serve
The executive secretary oversees the smooth operation of the Columbia Union Conference and its entities, ensuring that they 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. He heads the Columbia Union’s Ministerial Department and Human Resources for union employees, and serves on several boards and committees, assisting the leadership team in supporting the union’s eight conferences, two health care networks, university and health sciences college.
About Rick Remmers
Born in Wisconsin, Remmers resided in several locations around the United States and also lived in Guatemala for several years. He first joined the Columbia Union family when his father was working at the Review and Herald, at the time located in Takoma Park, Md. During those years, he attended the John Nevins Andrews School in Takoma Park, Md., and later Ohio Conference’s Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon.
Remmers, a fourth-generation Seventh-day Adventist pastor with more than 30 years of experience, started his ministry as an associate pastor at the Mount Vernon Hill (Ohio) church. Most of his service has been within the Columbia Union territory—as a pastor in several other Ohio churches, Chesapeake Conference’s Atholton church in Columbia, Md., and the Hagerstown (Md.) church. From 2002-05, he served as executive secretary and ministerial director at the Illinois Conference.
Remmers has been the president of the Chesapeake Conference since 2011, previously serving as the conference’s executive secretary. He was appointed as the Columbia Union Conference's Executive Secretary in January 2021.
Remmers, who holds a Doctor of Ministry, is married to Shayne, and they have two young adult children.
Getting in Touch
Office of the Executive Secretary
Telephone: (410) 997-3414
Executive Secretary: Rick Remmers
Office: ext. 535
Executive Assistant and Human Resources Specialist: Shannon Kornick
Office: ext. 536