Adam Stadtmiller has been in pastoral ministry for more than 20 years. A San Diego native, he has ministered in various denominations (The Vineyard, Calvary Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist) and para-church ministries (Christian Surfers, YoungLife) locally and abroad (Australia). He came to La Jolla Christian Fellowship from North Coast Calvary Chapel (NCCC) in Carlsbad where he served as associate pastor for nine years. He earned degrees from Point Loma Nazarene University (B.A. Religion 1993) and Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology (Masters Divinity 2001).
Rev. Stadtmiller is a nationally known author and speaker. He is a contributing writer to
Leadership Journal as well as the author of two books on spiritual parenting. His recent article, “Leading in the Digital Age” was voted the best of 2013 by
He has a book coming out in October titled “Praying for Your Elephant.”’
Rev. Stadtmiller created the Emmaus Center for Discipleship at NCCC where he also spearheaded a daily online prayer podcast. He, and his wife, Karie, have been married for 16 years and have two daughters. As a family, they have a passion for adventure and mission.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I’m a native San Diegan. My parents came here just after WW II and were instrumental in developing Mission Valley, so San Diego is in my blood. As a surfer, La Jolla has always been on my radar. When I saw the opening at La Jolla Christian Fellowship, learned of its rich history and met the congregation, it seemed like a perfect fit. I’m grateful they felt the same.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
Who or what inspires you?
Grace. We live in difficult times where opinion reigns and kindness often suffers. Absolute agreement is not a prerequisite of a great society, but grace in our beliefs and the way we live them out is a necessity if we are to survive as a people. Individuals who model that grace inspire me greatly.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
I would probably just invite my immediate family and Jesus, but to better give you a sense of who and what I value, I would invite Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, John the disciple of Christ, Walt Disney, Bono, the original pastor of La Jolla Christian Fellowship, and Billy Graham.
What are you currently reading?
“The Trellis and The Vine” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne. It’s a book about how to marry organizational components of churches with its organic calling and function. I’m also getting ready to re-read “Good To Great” by Jim Collins, a fantastic book on organizations and business culture.
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your most-prized possession?
My wedding band.
What do you do for fun?
I’m a dad of two young girls, so most all of my free time is spent either outdoors with them or playing ponies, dolls or whatever else they want to do. Once they grow up, I will have plenty of time to get back to my other pursuits.
What is your philosophy of life?
It comes from something Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”
What would be your dream vacation?
Spending two weeks in the South Pacific surfing with the family followed by another two weeks at a medieval castle in Wales U.K., drinking tea and eating scones.
La Jolla Christian Fellowship is at 627 Genter St. (858) 454-9636. Sunday Bible Study 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship 10 a.m. with Sunday School for Kids.