A 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 fastest-growing 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, stewardship, 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 AdrianSchoonmaker.com, 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.