COW: How about your favorite amusement park ride?
ADAM: The Millennium Force at Cedar Point!
COW: Sounds...space-ie. So now tell us about the worst injury you ever had when YOU were a little kid.
ADAM: You know how your parents always tell you NOT to do things for your own good? I was one of those kids that a listening deficiency. My worst injury as a kid was what I would define as a “Freak Exercise Bicycle Accident”. Basically, I spun the wheel on our exercise bike really fast (the one my parents told me to never touch or play around with), and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to stick my finger in the moving spokes of the wheel. Without going into too much detail, I’ve lived from 6 years old on with only 9 ¾ fingers.
COW: So how about your favorite song from church...and what's your favorite Bible verse?
ADAM: It's always changing, but currently “At The Cross” by Chris Tomlin. It’s such a raw expression of surrender and awe at Christ’s sacrifice, it really moves me. And, of course, “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk! My favorite verse is John 3:30, “He must become greater, I must become less”. I view that as sort of a motto for the Christian walk, because it’s the simplest way of explaining exactly what it means to follow Jesus.
COW: Tell us about your background in Children's Ministry? What has God placed on your heart that made you desire to minster to children?
ADAM: I’ve been in full time ministry for the last 3 years but served most of my pre-teen, teenage years in the Children’s Ministry of my church and with any kind of events like VBS or camps. God called me into full time ministry when I was finishing college, and it totally wasn’t in my plans at all. That’s just how He works! I realized He had equipped and prepared me my entire life through various experiences and a great amount of wisdom that He had revealed to me throughout it. One of the things I remember from being a kid in church, unfortunately, was that it was often boring and dry. As I grew up, I realized there was so much to be excited about learning in the Bible and being a Christian, and my goal became to show kids that living for Christ can be and is fun! I see so many kids growing up way too fast, and it’s important to prepare them at an early age for the things they will face in life, but the way they are taught doesn’t need to be what I call “yawn-worthy”. One of my favorite ways to teach is by using metaphors with fictional superheroes like Captain America (my personal favorite), since kids relate so easily to them. I love showing them the parallels between the heroes they see on a Saturday morning and the true heroes from the Bible that God empowered in the midst of real excitement and adventure, and helping to make the Bible come to life for them!
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