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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.”

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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First blind doctoral student graduates from Adventist seminary

First blind doctoral student graduates from Adventist seminary

A decade after he embarked on doctoral studies, a blind student has graduated with a Ph.D in religion, marking the first time such a student has earned the degree from a Seventh-day Adventist...

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Shirley Burton, former Adventist Communication director, dies

Shirley Burton, former Adventist Communication director, dies

Shirley Burton, former Seventh-day Adventist world church Communication director who helped shape church public relations, died August 16 at the BryanLGH Hospital in her native Lincoln, Nebraska. She...

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