Led by Alexa Sepulveda (front) and Calla Morgan, the seniors dominate tug-of-war at SA Picnic.

Story by Jaclyn Knight

At Potomac Conference's Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA), students build positive relationships with Christian mentors who truly care about them—a rare and valuable experience. Answering the call to a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school as a faculty and staff family means to choose a lifestyle in which the students are an integral part of your life. And that is what we cherish when it comes to living and working at SVA. The students are what make our life and work so special.

Everard Williams (’57) proudly wears his vintage class sweater at the reunion.

Story by Tracey Jackson

To honor the Allegheny East Conference Pine Forge Academy’s (PFA) 75th anniversary, leaders of the 46th Annual National Pine Forge Academy Alumni Association (NPFAAA) reunion recently converted the traditional three-day weekend event into a weeklong celebration. This hybrid virtual experience ended with an in-person reunion at Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C.

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Story by Andrew S. Lay

Following the Chesapeake Conference Highland View Academy’s mission to excel in all Christ asks, three alumni share their perspective on working as COVID-19 frontliners:

I began travel nursing during the first wave of COVID-19. I worked a crisis job in New Jersey, where the skin on my nose and ears began breaking down after wearing an N95 mask for 14 hours at a time.

During one shift, the non-breathable fabric of my full-body isolation suit stuck to my arms as I assisted in five separate emergency codes. Despite all interventions, some people didn’t make it.

Lake Nelson Adventist Academy Sign, New Jersey Conference

Story by Sadrail Saint-Ulysse

At the end of the 2020–21 school year, the North American Division (NAD) Substantial Change in Program Visiting committee granted Lake Nelson Adventist Academy (LNAA) the permission to operate a satellite education program this school year to offer grades 11–12 at the Waldwick Adventist School and grades 9–12 at the Vine Haven Adventist School.

Story by Visitor Staff

On November 11, members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee elected Celeste Ryan Blyden as the new executive secretary, effective January 2022. She will be the first woman to fill the role in the union's 114-year history.

Blyden has served in her current role as vice president for Strategic Communication and Public Relations since 2014, when she made history as the first female vice president for the Columbia Union. She was re-elected at constituency sessions in 2016, and again in May 2021.

Story by Visitor Staff

On November 11, members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee voted to promote four Columbia Union employees to new roles: two in the Information Technology (IT) Services Department and two in the Communication Department.

Greg Iverson, associate director of IT, was voted to serve as director, following the retirement of Harold Greene, current IT director, in February 2022.

Iverson has worked at the union since 2001, serving as both an assistant and associate director, with a portfolio that includes network administrator/system administrator.

Columbia Union Conference President, Dave Weigley, shared the following report about evangelism happening all around the union.

"As we emerge from the pandemic, we are more determined than ever to embrace traditional, creative and innovative evangelism opportunities. And we are inviting every member—men, women, boys and girls—to experience the mission of sharing our love for Jesus," says Weigley.


Editorial by Weymouth Spence

Christ’s example and teachings directly contradict the world’s aspirations toward always looking for wealth. In Christ, we see a Diety lowering Himself to human form to reach the poor, sick and struggling. Instead, His path is a path of lifting the brokenhearted and guiding His children to better horizons, whether that is financial or spiritual.

He said, “Whoever wants to be first, must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35), and “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” These aren’t the words that would indicate the priority is to search for wealth and let the benefits of your wealth trickle down to the masses. Instead, this is a call to dive into the masses and find those you can lift, heal and exalt.

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Earnest Hargrove, the organist at Allegheny East Conference's (AEC) Dupont Park church in Washington, D.C., was recently recognized for more than 50 years of service in music ministry.

Hargrove was first invited to Dupont Park by a close friend and member Esther Wroten. His musical involvement, however, began more than 50 years ago when Edward Jackson, minister of music at the time, recommended Hargrove as the organist for the church.

During his longtime service, Hargrove played the organ for Sabbath School, the Chancellor Choir, Male Chorus, Women’s Chorus and for special musical guests.

Weymouth Spence speaks at the event renaming Washington Adventist University's Religion Department to the Fordham Dept of Religion

Historia de Universidad Adventista de Washington

Los líderes de la Universidad Adventista de Washington (WAU) recientemente renombraron su Departamento de Religión como Departamento de Religión Henry y Sharon Fordham. Durante la ceremonia, WAU honró el legado del ministerio de los Fordham, con la esperanza de inspirar a los estudiantes a liderar con su ejemplo.

Mira la ceremonia aquí.