Adam Hamilton to Speak at 2017 UMFA Bishops' Club Luncheon

Adam Hamilton is a thoughtful man whose writings will stretch your mind and heart.

            Bill Hybels, pastor, The Willow Creek Community Church

Adam Hamilton is a national treasure.

            Brian McLaren, author/activist

Adam Hamilton is the one thoughtful pastor who offers wisdom for our deepest questions.

            Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Baptist Seminary

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 and will lead a conversation for young pastors sponsored by the Foundation.

He 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.

Adam 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. 

He 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. Adam and his wife LaVon have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.

Adam 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.