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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 associate directors to be selected at next week's Annual Council

Church associate directors to be selected at next week's Annual Council

Seventh-day Adventist Church officials are condensing the church's annual autumn business meetings in an effort to corral agenda items within a shorter timeframe.Annual Council meetings at world...

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Adventist supporting ministry to host teen question series

Church leaders have often lamented the high rates at which young people choose to stop attending church. An Adventist Church supporting ministry next week will address questions from teenagers in an...

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Wilson hosts presidential open house

Wilson hosts presidential open house

Ted N.C. Wilson wants employees at Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters to feel at home in his office. The world church president entertained more than 300 of the building's roughly 800...

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Review and Herald revamp follows April management shift

Review and Herald revamp follows April management shift

The Seventh-day Adventist Church's oldest publishing house yesterday announced a major reorganization, including new management and cuts in staff and salaries to stem major ongoing financial losses.Ex...

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Spirituality committee proffering ideas for revival

Spirituality committee proffering ideas for revival

What would happen if Seventh-day Adventists worldwide prayed for God's guidance at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.? The idea is among several the newly formed Revival and Beyond Committee at world church...

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