World Church

North American

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.”

Adventist Church leadership urges focus on prayer, spiritual renewal this Christmas, New Year's

Dec 13, 2010

Amid all the gifts given and gotten during the holiday season, Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership is inviting membership to focus on the...

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Obama's anti-child obesity initiative receives faith, community support

Obama's anti-child obesity initiative receives faith, community support

Nov 30, 2010

The Seventh-day Adventist Church joined some 50 other faith and community organizations yesterday in supporting a national initiative of United...

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Dorothy Watts, missionary, author, child advocate, dies at 72

Dorothy Watts, missionary, author, child advocate, dies at 72

Nov 11, 2010

Dorothy Eaton Watts, who retired last year following decades of service in the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Southern Asia region, died November 8...

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Commissioned ministers can lead North American conferences, leaders vote

Nov 07, 2010

Seventh-day Adventist conferences and missions in North America can be led by an ordained or a commissioned minister, members of the division...

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Oakwood selects Pollard as president

Oakwood selects Pollard as president

Nov 01, 2010

The Oakwood University board yesterday selected Loma Linda University Vice President of Diversity Leslie N. Pollard to serve as its president, a...

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Abandoned churches in Alaska home again to Adventist ministry

Abandoned churches in Alaska home again to Adventist ministry

Oct 21, 2010

The Seventh-day Adventist church buildings in the Arctic region of Alaska are staffed again following years, even decades, of abandonment. The seven...

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