Adrian Schoonmaker

Journalist – Pastor – Professor – Consultant

About Adrian Schoonmaker

Adrian & Joyce SchoonmakerA native of New England, Adrian Schoonmaker has spent two decades as a minister, author, and consultant based on the East Coast.  As Executive Pastor of Grace Community Church, Adrian has the joy of steering the ministry and operations of one of the “Top 400” most influential churches in the United States, leading the staff and pastoral teams to serve thousands of worshippers in Orange County, New York.

Before coming to Grace, Adrian’s ministry background focused on church consulting, leadership development, ministry to families, and spiritual formation.  Adrian graduated as a Pastoral Ministry major from the University of Valley Forge (PA), earned two master’s degrees in Journalism and Practical Theology from Regent University (VA), is completing a doctorate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago), and is ordained by the Assemblies of God.  He has had the joy of ministering and traveling through 17 nations, preaching and speaking on four continents.

Adrian has traveled nationwide, working with hundreds of pastors and church leaders across the spectrum of Christian denominations.  In addition to directing a project mobilizing more than 1,200 congregations for 250 new church plants, he has assisted dozens of churches with visioneering and long-range planning; and has trained/coached more than 1,000 pastors and leaders across 21 cities in principles of leadership, generosity, and strategic development.

Alongside his role as Executive Pastor at Grace, Adrian leads ministry to many athletes, cadets and officers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He continues to contribute on occasion as a professor, journalist, consultant, and seminar/retreat speaker; as well as serve a number of faculties and regional boards.  Adrian enjoys blogging at, and freelance authoring for several national periodicals.

Adrian and his wife, Jocelyn, live in Orange County, New York, with their six children: Lukas, Benjamin, Leilani, Emma Jayne, Lucy, and Sawyer.  He is currently completing a doctoral degree (DMin) in Leadership & Ministry Management.

4 thoughts on “About Adrian Schoonmaker

  1. Great! Enjoyed it…not familiar with all the ministries, but would be interesting to discuss! good seeing you yesterday Age…has been too long since we sat down and just talked. Wish I’d had more time…will have to get together after little Leilani arrives!
    Love to you and family,

  2. Yes, Adrian, good reading what you have to say on your website. Your way with words inspires me in many wayys . . . to keep reading, to listen carefully, and to examine my thinking and adjust it according to what the Lord is telling me. You also inspire me to write better. Hope to get the chance to speak with you soon.


    PS: Your children are just as beautiful as your mother says they are.

    Pastor Jarrod is the epitome of a public inspirational leader who speaks to people’s hearts and leads them to Jesus. Pastor Adrian is the epitome of a leader who develops a follower’s private worship, bringing the saved closer to Jesus. Together Jarrod and Adrian operate as the “Grace Church Master Gardeners”. Jarrod sows the seeds of faith and Adrian nurtures the young sprouts to spiritual maturity. Jarrod continually inspires us to recommit and Adrian brings the tools required to do the private work of study, worship and growth. Together Jarrod and Adrian masterfully lead us in our habit of dedication to purposeful study. This type of worship is key to a rich life of following closer and closer to God. Seeds sown in shallow soil never develop roots and will wither and die. Seeds sown in rich soil develop deep roots and prove fruitful. Daily worship and purposeful study of God’s word are to the Christian as water, sun and soil are to the plant. Jarrod and Adrian are master gardeners!

    “But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold” Mark 4:20

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