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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.”

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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In Memory: Hardinge founded Loma Linda's School of Public Health

In Memory: Hardinge founded Loma Linda's School of Public Health

Before embarking on a doctorate in vegetarian nutrition in the 1940s, Harvard University required Dr. Mervyn Hardinge to work in a hospital kitchen to learn different cuts of meat. The lifelong...

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Scragg, 84, division president and pastor, dies

Scragg, 84, division president and pastor, dies

Walter Robert Lambert Scragg, a retired president of two Seventh-day Adventist world regions, a former president of Adventist World Radio (AWR), and a former General Conference communication director,...

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Adventist world church president dismayed by planned Quran burning

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is deeply dismayed by a non-denominational pastor's plan to burn copies of the Quran on September 11. In a statement released today, Adventist world church President...

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Adventist archaeological dig yields Iron Age temple

Adventist archaeological dig yields Iron Age temple

Confirming a modern-day view of Bible history, a Seventh-day Adventist archaeologist and historian has unearthed pivotal ruins and artifacts from the 3,000-year-old Iron Age at a temple site in...

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