World Church

North American

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was formed in this division in 1863, a region home to freedom of speech and religion.

This division is the largest sender of overseas missionaries and short-term volunteers. NAD sent out nearly half of the denomination’s 1,200 volunteers in 2012.

This division is comprised of Bermuda, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the French possession of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guam, Johnston Island, Marshall Islands, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the United States of America. There are about 1.1 million Seventh-day Adventist members among a population of 345 million.

The division operates a system of more than 850 elementary and secondary schools and 13 colleges and universities. Key institutions include Andrews University in Michigan, Oakwood University in Alabama, and Loma Linda University in California.

Loma Linda operates a medical school, which throughout the church’s history has produced healthcare professionals and missionaries who have served worldwide. Adventist health principles from this division have been documented to increase longevity, as noted in “National Geographic” magazine, reports from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and in the book “Blue Zones.”

Church leaders hope Adventist anti-abuse message takes root in local churches

Church leaders hope Adventist anti-abuse message takes root in local churches

Aug 17, 2010

This month, Seventh-day Adventists worldwide are encouraged to raise awareness of violence against women and girl children within their respective...

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New research may aid in early Alzheimer's detection

New research may aid in early Alzheimer's detection

Aug 03, 2010

Several researchers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church's leading school of medicine discovered what they hope will be a method to detect...

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Adventist headquarters to send White's 'Great Controversy' to area homes

Adventist headquarters to send White's 'Great Controversy' to area homes

Aug 02, 2010

An estimated 22,000 homes are located in the area immediately surrounding Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters, but how many locals know...

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Young adults made up 2 percent of Session delegates, survey indicates

Young adults made up 2 percent of Session delegates, survey indicates

Jul 19, 2010

A survey of the 2,033 General Conference Session delegates who listed their age on the application form for the Seventh-day Adventist Church's 59th...

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Johnson named new president for Adventist Church in Canada

Johnson named new president for Adventist Church in Canada

Jul 19, 2010

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada today elected Mark Johnson as president of the global Protestant denomination's national headquarters....

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Barring appeal, Atlantic Union College to lose accreditation

Barring appeal, Atlantic Union College to lose accreditation

Jul 09, 2010

It's a challenging time for Adventist higher education in North America as 15 Adventist colleges and universities attempt to cooperate in building a...

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