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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.”

Oakwood University, Adventist-owned historically black school, celebrates 120 years

Oakwood University, Adventist-owned historically black school, celebrates 120 years

Marking 120 years of advancing learning among underserved populations, Oakwood University, a Seventh-day Adventist school consistently ranked among America’s best Historically Black Colleges and...

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Desmond Doss Council produces Bible study guide as a follow up to the film, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Desmond Doss Council produces Bible study guide as a follow up to the film, “Hacksaw Ridge”

The Desmond Doss Council is preparing to mail a Bible study booklet to all Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America as an opportunity to follow up on the Hollywood movie, "Hacksaw Ridge," about...

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Adventist-owned Pacific Union College tops nation's liberal arts schools in ethnic diversity

Adventist-owned Pacific Union College tops nation's liberal arts schools in ethnic diversity

Pacific Union College has been named the most ethnically diverse National Liberal Arts College in the nation, according to the new annual rankings of the best colleges released by U.S. News & World...

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"Hacksaw Ridge," new film on Desmond Doss, offers Adventists unique, unprecedented opportunity

"Hacksaw Ridge," new film on Desmond Doss, offers Adventists unique, unprecedented opportunity

Generations of Seventh-day Adventists in North America have grown up with stories of the exploits of Private First Class, Desmond Doss. His heroic actions on the island of Okinawa in the bloodiest...

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Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California.

Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California.

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) sprang to action after disasters hit Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Clayton, California last week. Volunteer teams comprised of church members and...

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God’s Closet outreach becomes a North American Division ministry

God’s Closet outreach becomes a North American Division ministry

Take an Adventist tradition, put a unique spin on it, and you have God’s Closet. Begun in 2009 as a local church outreach in Spokane, Washington, God’s Closet is now an official ministry of the North...

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