Rev. Austin L. Adkinson
(he/him/his & they/them/theirs) comes to Haller Lake from First United Methodist Church of Seattle where he served as the Minister of Just Discipleship focusing primarily on adult faith formation and justice issues. He has been a United Methodist pastor serving a variety of churches in Washington state since 2009. He earned a Master of Divinity in New Testament Studies from Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee.
Pastor Austin has previously served as a solo pastor at Browns Point United Methodist in Tacoma and North Mason United Methodist in Belfair. During his five years in Belfair, he guided a lay-initiated effort to become a Reconciling Congregation and openly declare the congregation’s welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Beyond the local church, Rev. Adkinson’s ministry involves denominational roles, social justice advocacy, and education. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and was elected by his colleagues to as a member of the 2016 General Conference delegation from our conference. Beginning with the mass coming out of LGBTQI+ clergy at General Conference, Austin has been part of the emerging leadership of what has become the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus. The caucus work goes hand in hand with his role as convener of the Just Love Action Network of the Western Methodist Justice Movement, which works to dismantle discriminatory denominational policies by focusing on the biblical mandate to love God and neighbor. Rev. Adkinson is an educator and organizer for Seattle’s Consent Academy. He also serves on a steering committee of the Westar Institute which is most known for the scholarly work of the Jesus Seminar in the 1990s. He is currently seeking a publisher for a collection of devotional readings on scriptures that didn’t make it into the New Testament, such as The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
For fun Pastor Austin loves downhill skiing, craft beers, and working for the glory of the kin-dom of God.