ADAM T. BARR
Pastor Adam brings a deep passion for biblical truth to his life as a pastor, author, husband and father. As the son of church-planting parents, Adam grew up watching the incredible things God can do through a group of disciples who are devoted to each other, the Lord, His Word, and the world. This led him to pursue of life of teaching ministry, seeking to inspire and equip believers to live out our mission as followers of Jesus.
Adam’s passion for life at the border of church and culture was ignited as a college student, when he experienced significant challenges to his faith. In his undergraduate work at a small, historically Christian college, Adam interacted with liberal and postmodern approaches to Scripture, open and affirming positions on homosexuality, religious pluralism, and many other “attacks from within” that are currently facing evangelical Christians. In this formative period, Adam embraced the authority of Scripture and began framing responses to these crucial issues. Along the way, he studied at Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Westminster Theological Seminary, completing a bachelor’s in religion and philosophy, two master’s degrees and several PhD courses.
The most significant formation Pastor Adam has received came not in a classroom, but in the local church. Working alongside God’s people, mentored by godly leaders, Adam marks the stages of his development by the people who took time to coach and disciple him. This is one reason we at Peace Church are so committed to forming next generation leaders through our internship program.
Along the way, Pastor Adam has also had a chance to exercise his teaching ministry through writing. In his labors as an author, Adam travels the borderlands where faith and life intersect, helping readers encounter Scripture as God’s Word—clear, compelling and alive.
Adam’s first and last place of ministry is in his own home, with his wife, Jen, and their sons. Pastor Adam and Jen met while he was a seminary student and have celebrated more than 16 years of marriage. Together, they have endeavored to live out the Gospel in their relationship and in the church they have been called to serve. They’ve been blessed with four sons: Ben, Sam, Josh, and Dan. Jen leads women’s ministry at Peace, home-schools the Barr boys, and teaches piano lessons to children from our community.
Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel frees us to love our gay friends without losing the truth by Adam T. Barr and Ron Citlau; Bethany Publishing House, October 2014
In this book, Pastor Adam and Ron Citlau offer compassionate, biblical answers about homosexuality and practical, real world advice on how to think and talk about this controversial issue with loved ones.*
Exploring the Story: A Reference Companion by Adam T. Barr; Zondervan, 2011
Exploring the Story helps you understand and grasp the significance of each chapter in the The Story, an innovative Bible that presents Scripture as a continuous narrative in chronological order.
Matthew by Jeannine K. Brown Teaching the Text commentary series; Contributor; Baker, April 2015
To craft informed sermons, pastors scour commentaries that often deal more with minutia than the main point. Or they turn to devotional commentaries, which may contain exegetical weaknesses. The Teach the Text Commentary Series bridges this gap by utilizing the best of biblical scholarship and providing the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. Pastor Adam wrote the illustrations section for this commentary as well as others in the Teach the Text commentary series.
Leviticus-Numbers by Joe M. Sprinkle , Teaching the Text commentary series; Contributor; Baker, December 2015
Revelation by J. Scott Duvall, Teaching the Text commentary series; Contributor; Baker, October 2014
Zondervan Bible Commentary Ed. by F.F. Bruce; Contributor; Zondervan, 2008
*Statement from Peace Leadership
In Compassion without Compromise, our pastor, Adam Barr, and his co-author, Rev. Ron Citlau, articulate a biblical vision for how the Gospel is good news for everyone, including those who struggle with sexual sin. This book provides a needed resource to the church, helping equip Christians to have intelligent, compassionate and truthful conversations about a tough topic. We are grateful for this work and pray it will have an impact in the lives of individuals and Christian ministries.
We also wish to make clear that Compassion without Compromise is written by Pastor Adam and Pastor Ron. We are grateful for their work and commend it as a helpful resource. However, this is the work of two church leaders, not our congregational leadership. Their words are their own and not an official statement.