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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Story by Lillian Torres

God has promised that powerful things happen when His people come together to pray: “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:19–20, KJV).

Ellen White reminds us, “The promise is made on condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another” (Manuscript Releases, vol. 9, p. 303).

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.