Back in 2008, I was appointed as the pastor of St. Luke UMC in Goldsboro. When my family and I moved to town, the District Superintendent invited me to be a part of a small group of ministers in what was called an “Incubator Group” – really just a small group where we were able to learn more about ourselves as leaders in the church. One of the participants in that group was your pastor, Rev. Jerry Mitchell. I was enthralled listening to Jerry tell us stories about this amazing church, and I was excited when Jerry invited me to come preach one evening at a special service! I even remember the sermon that I preached at Garris Chapel – “For Such a Time as This.”
A few weeks ago I received an invitation from our current District Superintendent, the Rev. Leonard Fairly, to come and meet with him and our Bishop – the Rev. Hope Morgan Ward. Bishop Ward was asking me to prayerfully consider coming and serving as the pastor of Garris Chapel, and I must confess that I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders as she talked about my gifts and graces matching the ministry needs of Garris Chapel. However, all anxiety was removed when Rev. Fairly prayed with the Bishop and I. As Rev. Fairly closed his prayer, he gave thanks for God bringing us together “for such a time as this. Amen.” It was at that time that I knew that God was truly doing a new thing.
So, it is with joy and excitement that my family and I come to be in ministry with you! I give thanks for the great history of Garris Chapel, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. I look forward to hearing your story, and can’t wait to see the new story that we will get to write together.
A little bit about me and my family – I am the son of a retired United Methodist minister, the Rev. Dr. Billy Seate. I received my undergraduate degree from Campbell University, where I met my wife Jennifer. Jennifer and I were married shortly after we graduated on July 17, 1993. As Jennifer began law school at Campbell, I began to wrestle with God about my calling to the ministry. But our God is a mighty God, and eventually I relented and consented to follow Him. Soon I began to work as the Youth Director at Divine St. UMC in Dunn, and I began my studies at Duke Divinity School after Jennifer completed her Juris Doctorate in 1996. In 1997, I began serving as the pastor of my first congregation – Leslie UMC, which was located just outside of Dunn. During our time there, our 2 sons were born – Jacob and Aaron. Fast forwarding several years, Jacob is now a Senior and Aaron is a Junior at the Wayne School of Engineering. Jennifer practices law with her firm Leone Noble and Seate, which is based in Raleigh (even though she is able to work at home several days a week). We are so excited to be a part of the Garris Chapel ministry team, and we anticipate God doing a mighty thing!
Welcome Reception on January 10th for Pastor Adam & Jennifer & sons, Jacob & Aaron