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 150,000 members worship in 860 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 81 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a 49 community services centers; 8 camps; 5 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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Washington Adventist University student Juan Carlos (right) teaches CPR to kids in El Salvador.

Story by Washington Adventist University Staff

Washington Adventist University (WAU) had not planned any mission trips last school year, but during service day in the fall, conversations with students revealed an interest in planning a trip. A Salvadoran student mentioned that El Salvador was building a Seventh-day Adventist College and suggested they could help with the project. This idea sparked interest, leading to research on the Adventist college.


Story by Doug Walker

Kettering Health in Ohio is updating its patient menus, making it easier to choose a plant-forward meal option during their hospital stay.

Plant-forward diets focus on high-fiber foods like whole grains and oat products, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. There is a focus on plant proteins, though the diet still includes meat protein like lean cuts of poultry, eggs, and fish.

Summertime is a great time to relax with a good book. We found several books from LivingWell, Potomac Conference’s Adventist Book Center in Silver Spring, Md., and at adventistbookcenter.com, as well as podcasts that are perfect for deepening your knowledge of Adventist history this summer.