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Jose Vazquez, the pastor of the Fredericksburg (Va.) church, was recently named Potomac Conference's vice president for administration.
This spring Potomac Conference's Takoma Academy family accepted a mission that some might view as impossible. The Week of Prayer’s overall theme was, “What’s God Got to Do With it?!” As each youth faced this question, Lola Moore Johnston, senior pastor of the Woodbridge (Va.) church, challenged the students to figure out how God fits into the personal lives of young people.
“Two weeks later, my last living grandparent passed away,” Anissa Perla remembers. “It was a horrible, dark time in our life. I remember thinking, I need to grieve and just let my opinions out. I wanted to take it to another level in terms of sharing with other women and men. Miscarriages happen more often than we think; it’s [approximately] 1 in 4 women. We don’t talk about it. It’s like a sad, secret society.”
For 31 years, Principal Wendy Pega was often the first one to arrive and the last one to leave Potomac Conference's Beltsville Adventist School (BAS) in Maryland. This summer Pega turned off her computer, handed her keys to the new principal, Jerson Malaguit, and closed the door for the last time. After more than three decades, Pega has retired.
On June 29, Potomac Conference administration had the privilege of ordaining Therezinha Barbalho, pastor of the Silver Spring (Md.) church, into the gospel ministry.
Two Columbia Union Conference members recently participated as Fulbright Scholars.
Pastor Jennifer Deans shared "100 Percent on Mission" at the Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism event in April 2019.
At the Columbia Union Transformational Evangelism Conference, pastors discussed what's working and what's not in evangelism.
Petra Dodge, a 6-year-old girl from Potomac Conference's Roanoke (Va.)
church, felt inspired to help homeless people after fellow church members committed to distribute lunches once a month. So she, and her brother, William, did something about it.
The Potomac Conference Takoma Academy (TA) STEM department is continuing to improve the quality of education and engagement for students.