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NAD's Top 10 Stories of 2020

In 2020, the North American Division website garnered more than one million unique page views. More than 400,000 unique page views were directed to NAD news articles.

The top 10 most-visited news articles for 2020 are listed below. Click the titles to read the full articles, and enjoy this 2020 North American Division news year-in-review.

1. NAD Administration Provides Guidance for Church in North America During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published March 13, 2020

The leadership of the North American Division of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (NAD), in consultation with the leaders of the nine union conferences in the NAD, is providing some guidance for the churches and schools in our territories regarding the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

2. Kenneth O. Cox, Adventist Evangelist, Passes to His Rest at 84

Published July 8, 2019, still a top story in 2020

Kenneth O. Cox, whose career as a Seventh-day Adventist evangelist spanned decades, continents, and time zones, passed to his rest on July 3, 2019 at the age of 84. Cox, who lived near Loma Linda, California, succumbed following heart surgery.

3. NAD Issues Response to Recent Deaths and Racial Turmoil in U.S.

Published May 29, 2020

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minnesota, and other recent events that clearly document the racial divide destroying the quality of life for so many and the very fabric of our democratic society.

4. Retired Breath of Life Speaker Walter L. Pearson Jr., 74, Whose Ministry Spoke Across Generations, Passes to His Rest

Published June 9, 2020

Walter L. Pearson, Jr.

Walter L. Pearson, Jr., former speaker/director for Breath of Life, passed to his rest on June 7, 2020. Pearson retired in 2010 after serving the Breath of Life media ministry for 12 years.

5. Adventist Entities in Northern California Provide Updates as Wildfires Draw Near

Published September 28, 2020

Foothills Adventist Elementary School

Only a few weeks after being threatened by wildfires, the northern California communities of Angwin and St. Helena are again facing fires that have caused thousands of people in those communities to evacuate. According to CALFIRE, the Glass Fire began at 4 a.m. on September 27, 2020, in an area to the west of Angwin and north of Deer Park and St. Helena.

6. G. Alexander Bryant Named North American Division President

Published July 9, 2020

G. Alexander Bryant

On July 9, 2020, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Executive Committee met virtually to receive the name of G. Alexander Bryant, the recommendation for division president, from both the North American Division’s nominating committee and executive committee. Bryant was confirmed in a vote of 153 to 5.

7. North American Division to Cancel 2020 Pathfinder Bible Experience

Published March 5, 2020

After consultation with North American Division (NAD) administration, the youth directors of the nine unions in the NAD, additional consultation from local Oregon health officials, and a discussion and vote from the NAD Executive Committee (NADCOM), the NAD Youth Department is announcing the cancellation of the division-level 2020 Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) scheduled for April 17-18, 2020, in Salem, Oregon.

8. Times of the Sign

Published September 9, 2020

Reedsburg Seventh-day Adventist Church Pastor Stephen Hall with church elder Rodney Hahn

What can we do? That thought occupied my mind as I watched the nation again turn its attention to another senseless killing of a Black individual in America at the hands of the police. What could our churches do, in this moment? ... As I arrived at church, my attention was drawn to the sign that sits beside the road running past the church. Pulling into the parking lot, I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit gently respond with the answer to my question: “Start with the sign.”

9. NAD Executive Committee Recommends Name for New Division President

Published July 7, 2020

G. Alexander Bryant

The Executive Committee of the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted on July 7, 2020, to recommend the name of G. Alexander Bryant for the position of NAD president. The General Conference (GC) Executive Committee will meet virtually on July 9 to receive the recommendation and elect the new NAD president.

10. It Is Written Invites Churches to Join Nationwide Online Evangelistic Event

Published March 26, 2020

John Bradshaw

Although the coronavirus disease pandemic has shut down evangelistic meetings all across the country, It Is Written will conduct a virtual, online evangelistic event starting April 17, 2020. The event, presented by Pastor John Bradshaw, It Is Written speaker/director, will reach all of North America.