Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

AdventSource Creates Webinar Series

By Cassie Martsching

Last month Celeste Ryan Blyden, Columbia Union Conference communication director, and Kermit Netteburg, senior pastor of the Beltsville (Md.) church, led a webinar designed to help churches find practical ways to raise awareness of the Adventist Church. A total of 310 participants from Texas, California, Georgia, Nebraska, New York City, Canada, Bermuda, and other churches across North America tuned in to the hourlong, interactive training event presented online. 

“Thank you for the inspirational presention,” wrote Andrea Sestak of the Lake Nelson church in Metuchen, N.J. She and many of the other church communication leaders, pastors, elders, deacons, and webmasters who logged on shared comments, success stories, and questions. 

The presentation was the first in a series of free, monthly Webinars for Growing Churches, produced and sponsored by AdventSource, the official resource center for the Adventist Church in North America. “This is going to allow us to conduct targeted training for our organizations and provide members access to the best presenters, no matter where they live,” said director Brad Forbes. 

The February 9 webinar on parenting will be presented by Willie Oliver, director of Family Ministries for the North American Division, and his wife, Elaine. For more information, to register for future webinars, or to watch the first premiere, visit

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