I am thrilled to introduce you to two new key players in the mission of NHS, Dr. Kevin Adams and Dr. Peter Choi.
23 years ago, Kevin and his wife Gerry moved from Minnesota to Sacramento to plant Granite Springs Church. Kevin grew up in Kalamazoo , Michigan and his wife Gerry in Alameda. In addition to pastoring this flourishing church, Kevin has been instrumental in another 11 church plants in the Sacramento area, all the while “moonlighting” as a professor (he has taught at William Jessup University and Calvin Theological Seminary). He’s authored The Book That Knows You (2009) and 150: Finding Your Story in the Psalms (2011) and a forthcoming book on baptism and Christian mission. He serves as the New Church Development Specialist for Central California Classis of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), and as director of the Sierra Leadership Network, a training program for new church leaders and will continue to lead Granite Springs as senior pastor.
Kevin serves as Director of the Center for Church Planting at NHS and as a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary. He will be overseeing the ministry formation process for our students, creating an assessment process for urban ministry and church planting, and laying the groundwork for a support system for church leaders after seminary—the church- planting center (more later—it doesn’t exist yet)!
He and Gerry have been married for 31 years and have three children–one in college, one working in Sacramento and one teaching English in China.
Peter comes to NHS after having just completed his Ph.D. in American religious history at the University of Notre Dame. (Congratulations, Dr. Choi!) His dissertation focused on the history of religious revivals and what happened in their aftermath. He is interested in the practical issue of sustainable discipleship after the zeal of conversion fades away. Stay tuned for plans for publication soon.
Peter’s interests also include world Christianity and he has taught courses in history and theology at Notre Dame and Calvin Seminary. He comes to us with a passion for helping students understand the ways global realities, both past and present, can strengthen the church here for missional engagement with culture.
Born in Korea, Peter grew up in Southern California and graduated from Pomona College. After seminary, he became a campus minister and planted Cornerstone Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He comes to NHS in a shared call as Pastor and Director of Spiritual Formation at City Church San Francisco.
In addition to being on the pastoral team at City Church, Peter will serve as Director of Academic Programs at Newbigin House and as a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Minsun, are loving the weather in San Francisco (NO SNOW). They have three young sons—Josiah is 3, Zachary is 6, and Elijah is 8.
Rev. Dr. Scot Sherman