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 1,000 elementary and secondary schools and 15 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.”

Adventist Church President Jan Paulsen speaks to Haitian Adventists: 'Don't lose courage'

Adventist Church President Jan Paulsen speaks to Haitian Adventists: 'Don't lose courage'

Jan 20, 2010

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Adventist lawyer's blog ministers when many need it most -- Monday morning

Adventist lawyer's blog ministers when many need it most -- Monday morning

Jan 19, 2010

When Kent Hansen gets a case of the Monday blues, he doesn't mope around the office; he blogs about finding God in "ordinary" and...

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Church Chat: The evolution of Adventist World Sessions

Jan 12, 2010

Bert Beach is tied for holding the record for a living world church officer who has attended the most Adventist Church World Sessions. Now held every...

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Adventist leadership development office sets guidelines to steer newly elected officers

Adventist leadership development office sets guidelines to steer newly elected officers

Jan 12, 2010

What happens when a Seventh-day Adventist Church member with limited leadership experience is unexpectedly elected to church office? The church's...

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Church Chat: New Year, new budget - Lemon on spending $150 million during recession

Jan 04, 2010

By approving a US$151.3-million budget for this year, Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders are continuing a worldwide emphasis on mission. This year...

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Adventist president celebrates 75th birthday

Adventist president celebrates 75th birthday

Jan 04, 2010

As Seventh-day Adventists worldwide gear up for a new decade, their church's president, Jan Paulsen, celebrates his 75th birthday, affording the...

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