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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.”

Two nursing professors among first in the world to earn board certification in Lifestyle Medicine

Two nursing professors among first in the world to earn board certification in Lifestyle Medicine

Two Southern Adventist University nursing professors were part of the first group of medical professionals in the world to earn board certification in the field of lifestyle medicine. The group...

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Commentary: Current Tax reform efforts in the US could negatively impact Adventist educators

Commentary: Current Tax reform efforts in the US could negatively impact Adventist educators

Attorney Dwayne Leslie represents the Seventh-day Adventist world church in Washington, D.C., monitoring legislation and, when necessary, advocating on behalf of the church. Mr. Leslie provides...

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Union College receives Nebraska service award

Union College receives Nebraska service award

Every year Union takes one day off from classes to send students into the Lincoln community and volunteer. Project Impact has been a part of Union’s campus life since the 1980s. This year, because of...

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At Oakwood University, young adult dialogue continues with NAD leaders

At Oakwood University, young adult dialogue continues with NAD leaders

On Dec. 2, 2017, Oakwood University students and student government leaders from colleges across the North American Division (NAD) dialogued with church leaders during the second Facebook Live Event...

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Social workers, pastor take poverty attack plan to national conference

Social workers, pastor take poverty attack plan to national conference

Two La Sierra University social work faculty members and a university church pastor gave a presentation at a national conference this month on ways churches and social workers can join forces to...

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NAD partners with community to offer fresh food and wellness screenings for area residents.

NAD partners with community to offer fresh food and wellness screenings for area residents.

Approximately 275 visitors to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, procured fresh produce and received free wellness screenings on Nov....

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