1926300_10152736900070498_1386465092307869785_o (1)Adam Walker Cleaveland is a pastor, blogger, networker, social media consultant, husband and progressive Christian. This is the professional site for Adam and you can find information about his writing, speaking and ministry experience.

Adam grew up in Washington state, attended Whitworth University and received a BA in Religion, while also focusing on writing and art courses. During college, he spent his summers working at PC(USA) summer camps, including two years at Camp Sawtooth (Ketchum, Idaho) and one year at Calvin Crest (Oakhurst, California). After graduating from Whitworth, he spent two years serving as a youth director in a Presbyterian church, until he decided to head to Princeton Theological Seminary to start seminary.

After three years at Princeton Seminary and one year at Columbia Seminary (Decatur, Georgia), Adam graduated in May of 2008 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. During seminary, he also completed a year of Field Education working with college students at Princeton University and completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Having been selected to be a Ministry Fellow by the Fund for Theological Education, he spent the summer of 2005 in the Middle East, living and working with Palestinians and learning about the conflict in the Middle East. Adam also co-founded Presbymergent during seminary, a group of “loyal radicals” in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

After graduating from Princeton, Adam and Sarah moved to the Bay area, where Sarah began her PhD program and Adam served for three years as an unordained Minister for Youth & Young Adults at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, CA. After just over 3 years in Livermore, Adam was ordained in November 2011 and accepted his first call to serve as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Oregon. In August of 2013, I began his second call to serve as Associate Pastor at Winnetka Presbyterian Church in Winnetka, Illinois. Adam currently lives in Chicago’s North Shore with his wife Sarah, their son Caleb, and their lab/pit mix Sadie. You can read more about Adam’s ministry experience here.

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Adam Walker Cleaveland is Associate Pastor at Winnetka Presbyterian Church in Winnetka, Illinois. He loves thinking about the future of the church, playing with his son and sketchnoting. Adam blogs at, where he writes about youth ministry, theology and social media. You can find Adam online at, on Facebook at or on Twitter at @adamwc.