Pastor of The Week: December 12, 2012

caines | 12/13/2012, 4:30 a.m.

Bishop James Dean Adams remembers driving a $50, 000 car while dressed in a $2,500 suit, a $300 shirt and $500 shoes without enough money to buy a sandwich. In his hometown of San Francisco, California, Adams had realty investments and great financial success, until the economy had a downturn in 2004. Hard times can hit anybody, he said. But I am a testimony that you can get back up. God has been with me at some of the lowest times of my life only to lift me out of them. But now Adams life has turned around. For the past three years, he has successfully pastored over St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown. His difficult times have helped him value the churchs surrounding community. I feel that Overtown is full with potential and hope because I know if God can turn my life around, he can turn anybodys life around. He has pastored and ministered at several churches before St. John. He began his tenure as senior pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in San Francisco in 1988.

Helping out the community

Adams, who is sometimes described as an innovator and a visionary, said the church helps the community socially and economically by empowering them to live better. St. John has partnered with several local organizations, such as: The Overtown Youth Center, Miami Charter, Overtown Education Community Group with urgent inc. and Touching Miami with Love to help the community. We realize that changing the community requires a community effort, he said. The church will soon open up an affordable housing complex and an early childhood development center that will be under the management of the church. He said he always knew he was supposed to be in South Florida because he felt the call of the Lord to be here. Its great because I know that I am in the will of God, he said. Im in the right place at the right time with the right people in the right community. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com