Adams to pastor Lane Tabernacle, serve as scholar-in-residence

The Rev. Dr. Darvin Adams

The Rev. Dr. Darvin A. Adams, who represents Ward 1 on the Hopkinsville City Council, will serve a one-year term as pastor of Lane Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 109 S. Vine St.

Adams was appointed to the position by Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. during last week's Kentucky Region Annual Conference at Mount Sterling.

"I was tickled pink," Adams said of the appointment. "I was very pleased to know that I would be coming home full time to do ministry at such a wonderful church. Lane Tabernacle is a historic church. It's a great church. It's been around the community for a long, long time."

Adams preached his first sermon Sunday at Lane Tabernacle CME, but he is no stranger to the pulpit. Over the past 17 years, he has pastored eight different CME congregations including churches in Kentucky at Paducah, Fulton and Hickman, as well as Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.

"The beautiful thing about this appointment is that Lane Tabernacle is actually located within the ward that I represent -- Ward 1," he said.

Adams achieved all of his ordinations in the Christian Methodist Episcopal church. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree in 2009 from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he studied Theology, Culture and African-American Religious History. In May 2018, Adams completed the Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Chicago.

"Politics and religion come very easy to me. They go hand-in-hand. They are two peas in a pod. I think they both work together when done right," he said. "Politics and religion when they work together, it spells out community development, quality of life for people. Leadership in the church, to me, is very similar to community leadership."

Adams admits his dedication to serving both in the church and in the city government are unusual in today's society.

"Today, you don't see many religious leaders who are willing and able to dive deep into the labyrinth of politics and government and legislation," he said. "On the flip side, you don't see many political leaders who are openly part of a religious sect or church body ... For me, that's just part of who I am as a Christian, part of who I am as an organizational leader, part of who I am as one who has been called by God to do both -- both the political and the church."

Adams said he enjoys all aspects of being a pastor and being a member of the city council.

"I love preaching on Sundays. I love teaching Bible studies. I love worship," he said. "In the same vernacular, I love city council meetings. I love legislation. I love creating rules and laws and passing bills that I think will benefit the constituents that I represent here in Ward 1 and also the City of Hopkinsville as a whole."

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Last week the bishop also selected Adams as the Scholar-In-Residence for the Kentucky Region Annual Conference within the Second Episcopal District.

"My bishop was very open to New Age ministries and creative ways of doing ministry, both in the church and in the public square," he said. "When we have meetings, the bishop will allow me to theologize what we're doing ... I get an opportunity to write. I get an opportunity to publish. I get an opportunity to teach ministers, preachers and lay folk what this particular theology looks like in terms of we're doing to enhance our church ministry."

Adams said he is equally excited about his pastoral appointment and being a scholar-in-residence.

"At the end of the day, I just want to serve the Lord," he said. "I just want to help people. I want to advance the community of Hopkinsville and the ward that I serve and the overall city, as well. I just know I've been blessed and put in places where I can be a blessing to other people."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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