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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.”

Commissioned ministers can lead North American conferences, leaders vote

Seventh-day Adventist conferences and missions in North America can be led by an ordained or a commissioned minister, members of the division Executive Committee voted overwhelmingly on November 7...

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Oakwood selects Pollard as president

Oakwood selects Pollard as president

The Oakwood University board yesterday selected Loma Linda University Vice President of Diversity Leslie N. Pollard to serve as its president, a university statement said.Pollard replaces Delbert W....

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Abandoned churches in Alaska home again to Adventist ministry

Abandoned churches in Alaska home again to Adventist ministry

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

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Adventist Review associate editor Adams among SAC award recipients

Adventist Review associate editor Adams among SAC award recipients

A longtime associate editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's flagship magazine was among those recognized last week for service in communicating the church's mission and message.Roy Adams, who...

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New Mission Board will streamline missionary processing, Adventist officials say

New Mission Board will streamline missionary processing, Adventist officials say

An oversight realignment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's mission programs approved yesterday aims to coordinate the church's global outreach work and better utilize mission resources.Under the...

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In Angola, new church structure to address post-war challenges

In Angola, new church structure to address post-war challenges

Recognizing sweeping infrastructure needs in Angola as the country emerges from a decades-long civil war, Annual Council delegates voted today to split the current Angolan Union Mission into two...

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