Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Shenandoah Valley Academy
I found comfort in these verses, and, even though the challenges did not immediately disappear, my first instinct now was to pray.
Standing in my office, I paused to acknowledge reality: We have COVID-19 on campus, and, by all appearances, it’s spreading.
Two weeks prior, sending my middle son, Sam (pictured), to boarding school 3,000 miles away from our home in Oregon never crossed my mind. I went to bed unsuspecting of what the night would bring. Little did I know, God was about to drop a “faith bomb.”
Often the scene of athletic contests, Zirkle Gymnasium transformed into a house of worship for a properly masked and social-distanced Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) Class of 2020 commencement service.
This spring and summer, one student from each of the Columbia Union Conference academies received the Caring Heart Award from Columbia Union’s Office of Education. Those honored demonstrated a commitment to service and witnessing.
For hundreds of students over four decades, Bill Strickland was the essence of Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA). Rightfully so, to staff and students who knew and worked with him, he was “Mr. SVA.”
Rocky Knoll Seventh-day Advent
John Wagner, a seasoned leader who most recently served as interim president at Union College and pastor of administration at Sligo church, returns to the region.
Story by Dan Jensen
Buz Menhardt (pictured bottom), associate pastor of the New Market (Va.) church, knows how stressful it is to try to attend church business meetings and bring his children along.