The Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood has been named Johnson Countian of the Year by the Johnson County Community College Foundation.
The community college will honor Hamilton in the fall at its annual fund-raising gala at the Overland Park Marriott. Proceeds from the black-tie event support student scholarships.
Hamilton, who in 1990 launched Church of the Resurrection and grew it into the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, is being recognized for his service and leadership in the Greater Kansas City community.
In nearly three decades, Hamilton’s church has grown to more than 20,000 members, with an average weekend attendance of more than 10,000.
The Foundation said that in an average year, Church of the Resurrection 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 they 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, youth 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.
Brad Bergman, foundation president, in a statement released recently, called Hamilton today’s most prominent clergyman. “Adam Hamilton has made an enormous difference and contribution in Johnson County, our metropolitan area and around the world,” Bergman said.
JCCC President Joe Sopcich said, “It’s an honor,” to recognize Hamilton, who is the author of 24 books. He also was asked by the White House to preach at the 2012 inaugural events and has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
“With the remarkable growth and outreach of Church of the Resurrection and the remarkable work that his congregation performs throughout our region, Adam Hamilton has touched the entire community and helped so many people live happier, more fulfilling lives,” Sopcich said.
Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc