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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.”

Bradshaw is new 'It Is Written' speaker/director

John Bradshaw, the New Zealand-born pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist congregation in College Place, Washington, is the new speaker/director of It Is Written, a pioneering Adventist television...

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

Amid all the gifts given and gotten during the holiday season, Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership is inviting membership to focus on the gift of God's spirit.The world church's Revival and...

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

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

The Seventh-day Adventist Church joined some 50 other faith and community organizations yesterday in supporting a national initiative of United States first lady Michelle Obama to fight the epidemic...

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

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

Dorothy Eaton Watts, who retired last year following decades of service in the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Southern Asia region, died November 8 following a lengthy illness. She was 72.Dorothy is...

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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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