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 145,000 members worship in 863 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 101 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 8 camps; 5 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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We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble.

As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities.

Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

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President Dave Weigley

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

The Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee members met today, receiving reports from leaders throughout the territory. The group also set the values that will guide the committee and union through the remainder of the quinquennium. (See the priorities they recently voted on here.)

They approved:

We wholeheartedly embrace and strive to embody a spirit of Christlikeness that promotes:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Unity
  • Diversity
  • Service

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

At their quarterly meeting today, members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee voted to adopt guiding values for the remainder of the quinquennium. Committee members also received reports of mission from around the territory. 

Pardon Mwansa, vice chancellor of Rusangu University (Zambia) shared a worship thought with tips for successful leadership.  

“Structural system problems must be fixed structurally,” said Mwansa. “Abraham and Lot loved each other, but they needed more land/space for their animals. That problem wasn’t solved like a personal one, but they solved it by adjusting their territories. You, as a leader, are in a position to identify what are governance problems and solve them by governance.” 

The caravan stops at the Bucks County (Pa.) church.

Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

Las preocupaciones por la pandemia impidieron que el Departamento de Ministerios Multilingües de la Unión de Columbia organizara su celebración de evangelismo en el Centro de Convenciones de Baltimore este invierno, pero el 100 por ciento del depósito fue devuelto, una gran respuesta a la oración informó Rubén A. Ramos, vicepresidente de Ministerios Multilingües.

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Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

En la reciente reunión del Comité Ejecutivo de la Unión de Columbia , los miembros votaron aprobar cinco prioridades para el resto del quinquenio, que finaliza en 2026.

Dave Weigley, presidente de la Unión, señaló que el liderazgo de la Unión fue muy intencional al crear estas prioridades y se tomó el tiempo para involucrar a muchos constituyentes en el proceso de establecerlas.

En octubre, los administradores y miembros del Comité Ejecutivo de la Unión y las conferencias respondieron a una encuesta, opinando sobre los desafíos que enfrenta la iglesia y sugiriendo oportunidades de servicio.