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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.”

Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Adventist youth around the world deliberately missed out on hearing a sermon on Saturday, March 17, choosing instead to “Be The Sermon” in celebration of Global Youth Day 2018 Thousands of young Adventists ran water and food drives in their...

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Health and Wellness Center construction begins

Health and Wellness Center construction begins

On Monday, March 5, Andrews University broke ground for an approximately $17.5 million, 76,000 square foot Health & Wellness Center scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Twenty individuals, leaders from on- and off-campus, participated in the...

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International vegetarian nutrition congress highlights plant-based nutrition

International vegetarian nutrition congress highlights plant-based nutrition

Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) hosted the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition Feb. 26-28 for a three-day event exploring the theme of plant-foods for the health of people, populations and the...

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Reimagining Stewardship Stories

Reimagining Stewardship Stories

In late 2015, John Mathews, Stewardship director for the Adventist Church in North America, commissioned me to help produce several resources to teach young people stewardship principles in a way they could understand. Like many, when I heard the...

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Monterey Bay Academy teacher wins prestigious math prize

Monterey Bay Academy teacher wins prestigious math prize

Matt Engle never wanted to be a teacher. In fact, he remembers telling people that teaching was the last career he would ever choose—but God had different plans. He was at a turning point during his sophomore year of college when a friend suggested...

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Adventist students and researcher chosen to present at Harvard University

Adventist students and researcher chosen to present at Harvard University

Identified as one of the healthiest groups on the planet by Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner[i], Seventh-day Adventists have long been known for promoting a healthy lifestyle. Four Adventist young people and an Adventist researcher will soon share...

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Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

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