Rev. Dr. Andy Adams grew up in Bloomington, Illinois and began attending church in 5th grade at the invitation of his best friend whose father was a United Methodist pastor. After surrendering his life to Jesus at East Bay Camp in July of 1990, a passion for God’s Word grew in his heart. Camping ministry was his primary spiritual formation through high school and while attending college at the University of Illinois, Andy became involved at New Horizon United Methodist Church in Champaign where he served three years as a part time youth pastor. This is also where Andy met his wife, Amy Jo. Sensing a call to full time ministry, Andy enrolled at Asbury Theological Seminary after completing a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at the U of I. Andy and Amy Jo were married in 2000, and both worked full time at the seminary while taking classes. Andy graduated in 2003 with a Master of Divinity degree and was appointed to start a new church in Champaign-Urbana. Subsequently, he has been the founding and lead pastor of Quest United Methodist Church since it launched in 2004. In 2016 Andy oversaw the merger of Quest and Urbana Grace United Methodist Church, which together have grown to an average weekly worship attendance of 240. Andy represented the Illinois Great Rivers Conference as a delegate to both General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2012 and 2016. He presently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry, is completing his dissertation and plans to graduate with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury in May.
Amy Jo holds a bachelor’s in health information management from Illinois State University and a master’s in pastoral counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. Amy Jo, originally from Arcola, Illinois, has worked in various health fields over the years as well as in the church and as a home-schooling mom. Their son Andrew was born in 2007 (9, 3rd grade) and the Adams’ adopted Anna (7, 2nd grade) from China in 2010. They also have an 11-year-old Welsh Corgi dog named Mighty. Among many other activities they enjoy camping as a family.