Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Pennsylvania Conference
Will Peterson, executive secretary for the Pennsylvania Conference, plans to retire September 1. Shawn Shives, assistant to the president, will step into this role following Peterson's retirement.
Huntingdon Valley Christian Academy is situated on a large plot of land in the Philadelphia suburbs. School supporters have long considered creating a garden on a portion of the property to benefit the students and community.
Educators have embraced the new frontier of hybrid instruction and have adapted their classrooms in a way that would never have been conceived prior to the pandemic shutdown.
Students from Pennsylvania Conference's CORE—an evangelism and training program—recently ministered to refugee communities in Houston, Texas, with Reach the World Next Door, giving them the opportunity to learn crosscultural witnessing.
As the family deepened their relationship with Jesus together, they prayed for Cuffie to accept Christ too. Regular interactions allowed the children to share scriptures and read Bible stories with their grandfather almost every day.
“When God’s people pray earnestly, sincerely, individually, and collectively, God will answer. Great things will happen in and among God’s people. And the world will feel the impact as the Holy Spirit comes to equip and empower His people. ... We have come to serious times. Events in our world call upon every follower of Christ to be totally in earnest in our relationship with God. ... We must learn the power of prayer” (Ellen G. White, Prayer, p. 3).
God is on the move in Pennsylvania. When COVID-19 impacted the “120 in 2020” plan to hold 120 evangelistic meetings during 2020, the evangelism team simply moved those scheduled meetings to 2021.
God is on the move in powerful ways across Pennsylvania—in lives, in churches and in schools.
Stewart Lozensky, director of the Church Regeneration Department, is currently in the process of helping 20 churches reach their full potential. Regeneration is an initiative by the Pennsylvania Conference in which there is partnership with churches to provide extra resources, training and mentoring to advance the local churches’ growth objectives.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we are committed to the hope of Christ’s return, and we are passionate about sharing the everlasting gospel to as many people as we can.