World Church

South Pacific

The South Pacific Division

The South Pacific Division (SPD) is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and numerous islands throughout the South Pacific Ocean.

The Adventist Church counts about 423,000 members worshiping in nearly 2,000 churches. The division’s population is nearly 37 million people. More than 80 percent of the division’s membership lives in Papua New Guinea and Pacific island nations.

There are three universities in this region: Fulton College in Fiji, Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea, and Avondale College in Australia.

Sydney Adventist Hospital was built in 1903. It employs more than 2,200 staff and 750 accredited medical practitioners and offers surgical, medical and emergency services to more than 50,000 inpatients and 175,000 outpatients each year.

The hospital also operates the Healthcare Outreach Program, which since 1980 has partnered with AusAid and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide surgeries to 2,850 patients in mission fields around the world.

The Adventist Church’s Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company produces several health food products, including Weet-Bix, Australia's top-selling breakfast cereal.

In 1891, Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White arrived in Australia. Her nine years in the region had a major impact on the church’s early work in the South Pacific.

In 1927, David Sibley is believed to have broadcast the first Adventist radio program in Melbourne. In 1966, the Adventist Media Centre in Australia began producing the “Focus on Living” films. Today, the Adventist Media Network operates television, music and magazine outreach ministries.

The division is a diverse region: several nations are predominantly Melanesian, Polynesian or Caucasian, and the division comprises substantial Asian, South American, African and Middle-Eastern communities.

South Pacific: visit from Adventist president affirms identity of church

South Pacific: visit from Adventist president affirms identity of church

Feb 01, 2011

At the request of Papua New Guinea's prime minister last week, the Seventh-day Adventist world church president led a Bible study and prayed with the...

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In Brazil, Adventists move to help flood victims

In Brazil, Adventists move to help flood victims

Jan 13, 2011

Seventh-day Adventists are among those providing aid after heavy rains devastated the southeast region of Brazil this month, church leaders there...

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Systems approach needed for ministry, mission leader says

Systems approach needed for ministry, mission leader says

Jan 11, 2011

Jim Brauer pulls up a page of statistics on his computer screen that he says is the key indicator of a congregation's health -- community involvement...

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Church member walking length of New Zealand for suicide awareness

Church member walking length of New Zealand for suicide awareness

Dec 14, 2010

A New Zealander is on a 2,039-kilometer walking journey the length of the country to raise awareness about suicide, which is often a taboo subject,...

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Philippines Education Department specifies right to Sabbath observance

Nov 08, 2010

The Philippines Department of Education recently solidified its support of freedom of religious expression for students wishing to be exempt from...

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Scragg, 84, division president and pastor, dies

Scragg, 84, division president and pastor, dies

Sep 21, 2010

Walter Robert Lambert Scragg, a retired president of two Seventh-day Adventist world regions, a former president of Adventist World Radio (AWR), and...

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