Lt. Commander Scott Adams has been a chaplain at the North Island Naval Base for almost a year (next month will mark his one year anniversary working at this location). He comes from a small town in Northeast Louisiana, called Mangham, and he currently resides in Pine Valley with his wife and two daughters. He was called to faith before he was called to the military, and has been a pastor for sixteen years. Chaplain Adams attended Northeast Louisiana University, now renamed The University of Louisiana at Monroe, and then the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2002 he joined the military and began his career as a Navy Chaplain. Before getting stationed in Coronado, he spent five to six years serving at other military bases in the San Diego area. One of his favorite parts of being a chaplain on base is that “everyday is different”.
The average work week is anything but average for Chaplain Adams. He performs weddings, funerals, and baptisms, counsels individuals, works on the Sexual Assault Response Team, attends Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies, and holds worship services every Sunday. The Catholic Mass in the North Island Chapel is held at 9:00am, and the Protestant Service is held at 11:00am. The times are reversed at the Naval Amphibious Base with the Protestant Service beginning at 9:00am and the Catholic Mass at 11:00am. This allows the chaplains the ability to minister to the congregations at both locations on Sunday morning. Also, there is a daily Catholic Mass at 11:30am at the North Island Chapel location.
When he isn’t working, Chaplain Adams enjoys spending time with his family. “We just chill,” he explains to me. His two girls, aged 12 and 8, are home schooled and love working with horses and take riding lessons for Physical Education credit. He affectionately calls them his “Horse Whisperers”. The entire Adams’ family love living in Pine Valley because it’s horse country and allows them to spend time outdoors in the fresh air. They have 3 dogs, 2 cats, and hopefully a horse in the future, when the girls have more experience and can care for it themselves.
His favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 -- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The interior of the North Island Chapel.
For more information regarding the North Island Navy Base Chapel and the Chaplains that serve our military, please visit http://www.chaplaincare.navy.mil/index.htm.
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