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Honoring the Johnson Countian of the Year 2016 : Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

Adam Hamilton

He grew up in Johnson County, graduating from Blue Valley High School, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University, where he was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics. Hamilton launched The Church of the Resurrection in 1990 with his wife, LaVon. It has since grown to more than 20,000 members under his leadership.

For 25 years, a focal point of Hamilton's leadership has been service to the greater Kansas City community. In an average year, church volunteers provide more than 60 tons of food, 25,000 books, 1,200 beds for children who don't have them, 50,000 backpacks of food for low-income children, and 30,000 furniture and household items.

The congregation has partner relationships with six Kansas City area elementary schools, where church members have devoted thousands of hours of volunteer service and more than a million dollars.

Its members are engaged in nearly every social service agency in Kansas City. They are engaged in ministry in more than 30 senior adult centers across the city. The church has more than 200 children, youths and adults with special needs as a part of its Matthew's Ministry. It offers dozens of support groups for the community and it is the largest source of blood donations in the Kansas City area.

Hamilton has also helped establish church partnerships with ministry organizations around the globe, including in Haiti, Malawi, Honduras, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Jamaica, to help empower communities to battle poverty and hunger, provide healthcare and improve education.

Hamilton, the author of 24 books, was invited by the White House to preach at the 2012 inaugural events, and he has been appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

He has received numerous awards and honors over the last 25 years, including being named one of the "ten people to watch in America's spiritual landscape" by Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award, and the United Methodist Person of the Year for 2012 by the United Methodist Reporter.