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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.”

200 student and professional filmmakers attend SonScreen Film Festival

200 student and professional filmmakers attend SonScreen Film Festival

More than 200 student and professional filmmakers and guests attended the 2017 Sonscreen Film Festival held at Loma Linda University in California. The three-day festival, run by the Seventh-day...

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Film on Desmond Doss's life receives two Academy Awards

Film on Desmond Doss's life receives two Academy Awards

“Hacksaw Ridge,” a film that tells the story of Desmond T. Doss, the Seventh-day Adventist army medic who became the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, won two...

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Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Adventist pastor, keynotes U.S. National Prayer Breakfast

Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Adventist pastor, keynotes U.S. National Prayer Breakfast

Addressing President Donald J. Trump and a room filled with American political and civic leaders — as well as international leaders including King Abdullah II of Jordan — on February 2 at the 65th...

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Adventist church for the blind opens in Canada

Adventist church for the blind opens in Canada

On November 26, 2016, Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists inaugurated what is believed to be the first congregation for visually impaired worshippers in the North American Division. Mark...

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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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