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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.”

Washington Adventist Hospital first in Maryland to earn safe sleep certification

Washington Adventist Hospital first in Maryland to earn safe sleep certification

 Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital recently became the first hospital in Maryland to earn the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification. The hospital was recognized at the Bronze...

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Iglesia Adventista en Norteamérica da a conocer declaración que enfatiza la igualdad de todos los estadounidenses

Iglesia Adventista en Norteamérica da a conocer declaración que enfatiza la igualdad de todos los estadounidenses

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Ministry of military chaplains honored at memorial dedication ceremony in Hawaii

Ministry of military chaplains honored at memorial dedication ceremony in Hawaii

Dick Stenbakken’s dream of placing a memorial to honor chaplains from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines, past and present, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, became a reality on...

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Pathway to Health makes Christmas merry for thousands

Pathway to Health makes Christmas merry for thousands

 It was early Christmas morning. The sun had not yet risen. It was brisk and there was a bite in the air. The streets of downtown Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona were empty, except for a line of...

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Adventist University findings on David and Goliath displayed in Washington

Adventist University findings on David and Goliath displayed in Washington

The findings of archaeology students and professors of Southern Adventist University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Collegedale, Tennessee, United States, are currently on display at the...

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Vegan Café gets slice of $1.4 million in mission grant money

Vegan Café gets slice of $1.4 million in mission grant money

A vegan enthusiast was thrilled after she and a companion made an extra effort to find a Seventh-day Adventist-owned café in the U.S. state of Maine for an “incredibly delicious” lunch this fall. “We...

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