Pastor John has been the senior pastor of NLC since April of 1997. He has been married to Diane since 1984 and has 3 grown sons and 2 grandchildren.
Pastor John holds a Masters degree from Oral Roberts University, a Masters in Practical Ministry (M.P.M.) diploma from Wagner Leadership Institute, a Th.B. from Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul. A man of the "Word", Pastor John strives to present biblical truths in a practical, easy to understand manner. With leadership skills as his "strong suit" he states that pastoring and working with people (including his family) are the joys of his life.
A man who loves a "good adventure", Pastor John enjoys competing in triathlons, snow skiing, racquetball, traveling, etc. He was also an assistant varsity wrestling coach at Huron High School for 4 years with 2 sons on the team at the time. Pastor consistently admonishes the membership of NLC to get involved in the community and make a difference with their godly influence. He also serves as the Regional Law Enforcement Chaplain for the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the Sandusky Police Department, Perkins Police Department and the Huron Police Department. Working with local law enforcement, Pastor fills the roles of friend, confidant & counselor to officers and their families, and citizens. He also serves as the Chief Drone Pilot and trainer for the SWAT team in the program he spearheaded, and also as a Crisis Negotiator. He received a "Letter of Commendation" from the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, for his role in "protracted" negotiations during a recent "stand-off.
"Pastor John was saved in 1976 in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that time, he had been living a hard and fast lifestyle in the drug culture and had been a drug dealer. While working in a welding shop in the Columbus area, he had been "witnessed to" by a former heroin junkie who had just been saved a few months prior. Before long, he attended his first service at a small Pentecostal church on Columbus' east side. A few short months later, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and exited the drug culture for good.
Sensing a call to the ministry, he attended Bible school in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating with honors while earning a Th.B. in 1982. Itinerant ministry would continue until 1984, when he married Diane, who he met in his home church. In the latter part of 1984, a small church in Lorain, Ohio invited them to be their pastor, and they remained there for 13 years. While pastoring that first small church, Pastor Adams also worked a full-time secular job. He was employed for 7 years at Beckett Gas Inc., in North Ridgeville as a purchasing executive. "It was there", Pastor Adams states, "I learned many excellent principles about godly business management and strategic planning."Also during that time, a real estate developer planned to build Ohio's first gambling casino in the city of Lorain and Pastor Adams was asked to assume leadership of an Ad-Hoc coalition in opposition and testified to both the Ohio House and Senate. "For 20 years we kept the casino industry at bay in Ohio." Pastor Adams is quick to point out that it was the prayers of God's people and wisdom given by God to those on the committee that kept the casinos out as long as they did.