Adam Shaw is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a mission interpreter for young adult mission service in the Missionary Services unit of the agency. He is a former Mission Intern in the Philippines and the California-Pacific Annual Conference (Cal-Pac). He came to his present work in 2014.
Mission interpreters are active missionaries who represent and promote global mission, and in Adam’s case present missionary services as a vocational choice for young adults. Interpreters serve as links between the mission agency and annual conferences, districts, and congregations, and promote missionary covenant relationships.
Adam was initially commissioned in August 2011 as a Mission Intern with Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao, a network of grassroots organizations promoting peace with justice in a region of the Philippines with a long history of clashes between government and workers’ rights movements.
The second part of his three-year mission internship was in Los Angeles with the Cal-Pac Task Force on the Philippines, which relates to the annual conference’s work for peace and justice and its Board of Church and Society.
Adam is from Brunswick, Ohio, where he is a member of the local United Methodist church, a part of the East Ohio Annual Conference. He is the son of the Rev. Thomas and Susan Shaw, who were United Methodist missionaries, first in Tunisia and then in Germany from 1994 through 2003.
Fluent in English and French, Adam holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, one in geosciences and the second in French. During college, he worked as a tutor.
Adam says of his faith journey: "I grew up in the church; my parents were both missionaries, so I tagged along every Sunday to the church that my dad was working with at the time. My faith didn't get its own feet until I was in middle school and was baptized. My faith grew slowly, stagnated even, until my junior year in college when I rediscovered the essence of Christianity and faith."
His sense of mission includes a commitment to genuine peace based on justice. He has a keen awareness of being called “to trust, fear, worship, and delight in God. I am called to be in solidarity with all of God’s creation.”
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