My name is Ron Adams. I became the pastor of Madison Mennonite Church in August, 2011. I came to Madison from Lancaster, PA where I was pastor at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church for 13 years. Prior to that, I served as interim pastor at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.
I am a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Lancaster Theological Seminary, where I received a D. Min. after completing my thesis: A History of the Conversation on the Ordination of Women in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. I am a Mennonite by conviction, drawn to the Anabaptist emphasis on peacemaking and social justice as faithful responses to the life and teachings of Jesus.
I understand the congregation to be the place where we practice being Christians. In the congregation we learn how to truly love, to be generous, to forgive and be forgiven, to be kind and patient and merciful, and to nurture the growth of all the other 'fruits' of the Spirit. I believe such practice is best done with a spirit of playfulness, rather than a grim 'nose to the grindstone' perfectionism.
In the congregation, grace is shared freely and mistakes and failures are assumed. We won't get it right much of the time. Which just means that we have more opportunities to practice being kind, patient, forgiving, merciful, generous and loving. We then take what we've learned into our weekday lives, behaving like Christians wherever we go and whatever we do. And, under and over and around it all, we trust that the Spirit is slowly but surely drawing all things into the light of Christ.
Marilou and I are in our third decade of married life. We have two sons, Daniel and Benjamin.
Please contact me if you have questions or would like more information. I can be contacted by calling the church office at 276-7680, or by dropping me an email message.