Stories & Commentaries

About Stories & Commentaries

From time to time, the North American Division shares commentaries on issues and/or events important to Adventists in this division. We also publish stories, which sometimes include interviews and features, to inspire our leaders and members.

new vice president

New Vice President Named at Pacific Press

On Friday, Sept., 8, 2017, the Pacific Press Publishing Association board of directors voted to invite Miguel Valdivia to assume the role of vice president of product development. Valdivia replaces Jerry D. Thomas, who served in that position for the past nine years.


On a Mission to Stop Human Sex Trafficking: Profile on Renee Battle-Brooks

It’s a question she asks herself almost everywhere she goes — to the dry cleaners, grocery store, local mall, a movie theater, and yes, even when she steps onboard a plane. Over the years, the question has evolved into many questions: Is she here? What does she look like? Does she need my help?

members gather for expo

"Hear Their Voices" Event Unites Community Against Human Sex Trafficking

embers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and representatives from Veronica’s Voice and other community organizations hosted Hear Their Voices on Sept. 9-10, 2017, in Kansas City, Kansas, to offer education for prevention of human sex trafficking and raise support for trafficking survivors.

Adventists in Kansas City Work to Stop Human Trafficking

Ivona Bernard was late, but managed to hear the tale end of the Veronica’s Voice presentation at her local church. She wasn’t even aware of Veronica’s Voice, whose Magdalene KC home in Kansas City, Kansas, is providing safety for survivors of sex trafficking to heal and thrive.

andrews university president

Andrews University Shares No. 1 National Ranking for Campus Ethnic Diversity in 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges

Earlier this week, the 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings were released, which included Andrews University as one of the country’s most ethnically diverse national universities.


Southern Adventist University Students Plan Hurricane Relief Event

Rain or shine, students of Southern Adventist University will be holding an event on Sept., 17, 2017, from 4-7 p.m., to raise funds and collect cleanup supplies for hurricane victims.

ACS press conference

Pacific Northwest ACS Disaster Response Prepares to Help in Oregon Fires, Assists in Texas

During the past week, Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) volunteers throughout the Northwest have been torn between ongoing storm devastation needs far to the east and the potential of wildfire recovery efforts close to home.

Elden Ramirez

Elden Ramirez, NAD Office of Volunteer Services Director, Says "Yes" to Montana Conference Presidency

Elden Ramirez has accepted the invitation of the Montana Conference board of directors to serve as conference president.

James Black

NAD Votes in Chaplain for New Headquarters, Prayer and Reconnecting Ministries Leader

On Sept. 12, 2017, James L. Black, Sr. was voted to provide leadership for Prayer and Reconnecting [with missing members] ministries, and serve as chaplain for the office staff of the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, after being recommended for the position by NAD administration.

tracy wood

NAD Elects New Youth & Young Adult Ministries Director

On Sept. 12, 2017, Tracy Wood was elected director for Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church after being recommended for the position by NAD administration. Wood has been serving as associate director for the department since July 2015.