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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.”

Church taps Leslie as Adventist point person in Washington, D.C.

Church taps Leslie as Adventist point person in Washington, D.C.

Veteran attorney and business leader Dwayne Leslie will serve as the Seventh-day Adventist Church's voice in Washington, D.C., following a vote taken yesterday by the world church's Executive...

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Adventist religious liberty advocate recognized with First Freedom Award

Adventist religious liberty advocate recognized with First Freedom Award

A Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocate is among this year's recipients of the First Freedom Award for contributions in advancing freedom of belief in the United States and worldwide.John...

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'No Turning Back' is Wilson's New Year's appeal at GYC event

'No Turning Back' is Wilson's New Year's appeal at GYC event

In a stirring one-hour message to a Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) convention, Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson exhorted the church's young adults to lives of...

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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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