LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 20, 2017) – Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, will be the featured speaker at the 2017 UMFA Bishops’ Club Luncheon Nov. 17. He will also lead a conversation for young pastors while in the state.
“We are excited that Adam will be joining us in November,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “Adam is one of the most influential leaders in the United Methodist Church today. Many of us have been blessed by his Bible lessons, read his books, used his DVDs in our Sunday School classes, and admired the success and innovation of The Church of the Resurrection.”
Rev. Hamilton launched The Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990. Today the church is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average weekend attendance of 8,600. The congregation has a three-fold focus – connecting with thinking people and inviting them to become followers of Jesus Christ, engaging in acts of justice and mercy in the community, and working to renew the United Methodist Church.
He was named one of the “Ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. For his work in racial reconciliation, Rev. Hamilton was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. He was named United Methodist Person of the Year for 2012 by the United Methodist Reporter for his leadership within the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Hamilton grew up in the Kansas City area, earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics. He and his wife LaVon have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.
He is the author of 24 books, published by Abingdon Press and Harper Collins, including When Christians Get it Wrong, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, Making Sense of the Bible, Revival, Creed, and Moses.
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $145 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.