Meet Jeff Adams
Jeff Adams is a first year Master of Divinity Student from Bluefield, Virginia, a candidate in The United Methodist Church for the Order of Elder. Jeff understands his vocation to be in line with the mission of The United Methodist Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. His greatest desire is to invite those who have been unchurched into worship through the proclamation of the good news, responding to the needs of the world, and transforming minds and hearts. Jeff graduated Emory & Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Broadcasting.
Why did you decide to go to seminary?
“I was fortunate enough to be raised by my great grandparents because they planted the seed in me at an early age to obey and serve the Lord. This advice is the best I have ever received from anyone.” Doing just that, Jeff found himself the caretaker of his great grandmother, the woman who planted that seed of faith, at the end of her 101 years of life. “This experience was proof enough that I was called to the ministry; all Jesus asks of us is to give all that we can and I did that. I truly valued the experience as it brought me that much closer to Christ. Although I am saddened that she is not around to see that I am now attending seminary, her death propelled me to answer God’s call.”
Bluefield, Virginia, was a coal mining town, but when the mines were closed, poverty struck the area – leaving people without hope and without resources. Churches also were devastated, unable to carry out their missions, furthering discouragement for those communities. Jeff has a deep sense of loyalty and responsibility for his community and plans to share all that he learns with this community in crisis. “I have learned so much about capturing the Holy Spirit for worship since arriving that I can’t wait to share with my family in Bluefield, Virginia.”
Why did you choose Garrett-Evangelical in particular?
“The icing on the cake was Garrett-Evangelical’s commitment to social theology. A social theologian fights for services and opportunities for the people in the community I will one day serve. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has already stretched my mind and expanded my horizons, enabling me to understand many different perspectives, a skill which fosters peace.”
How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon us. The theological discussions among my peers is out of this world. The campus is composed of nurturing and encouraging people, spiritual warriors, who have talents and skills in a variety of areas in order to effectively do the work of the Lord. They help me to learn and grow in many areas.”