DR. LAVERNE ADAMS
The Reverend Dr. LaVerne Adams celebrates almost 15 years as Pastor, Teacher, and Vision Architect of the Cathedral of Praise Community Church which began in 1997 and is located in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This church began with about 35 members who were mostly senior citizens. Today the Church is thriving with vibrant worship and countless community outreach programs to youth, which is the signature of this growing ministry. Her leadership has helped the church to transform its community, develop disciples and prepare leaders in the Kingdom of God.
As pastor, Dr. Adams has instituted the COPCC Leadership Academy that strengthens spiritual growth and accountability. She envisions the development of the International Kingdom Strategy Center that will prepare leaders to strategically expand God’s Kingdom into the marketplace. The Net-Get Connected Small Group Ministry was created to keep members connected. Her divinely inspired innovation of the Biggest Loser Life Changing Experience, involved participants who were led through an eight-week journey shedding weight from the body, soul, and spirit. The group collectively lost almost 100 pounds along with some unnecessary emotional and spiritual baggage. To address the needs of adolescent youth, Pastor Adams is the innovator of the Cathedral Crossroads Rites of Passage Program, offering supportive developmental activities for youth ages of 13 and 18.
As Executive Director, she has developed educational outreach programs at the church’s 30,000-square-foot campus, that minister to over 100 families in the community daily through the Motivational Achievement Program (MAP), a before- and after-school program, which continues into a full-day Techno Arts Summer Camp specializing in the arts, media, and technology and The Cathedral Learning Center is a full-service preschool, with a curriculum that is literacy-based and includes the “I Can Read Program” to inspire infants to preschoolers to have a long-lasting love for reading. These programs employ over 20 people from the community. In the newly renovated computer lab, the church hosts a community computer program and internet café for all ages, helping to bridge the digital divide as well as prepare area residents with advanced technology skills and better employment opportunities. In its newly renovated kitchen, the church sponsors health programs and teaches nutritional cooking classes to children. These creative and innovative ministries have made the Church the center of the community as it touches and changes lives every day.
As community leader, Dr. Adams has been awarded Community Service Awards by Mayor Michael Nutter, State Representative Louise Williams Bishop, and State Senator Vincent Hughes and citations from all levels of government. She has also been awarded numerous federal, state, city, and private grants to continue her work in the community. Continued efforts are being made to provide relevant opportunities to community residents – turning this once deteriorating neighborhood into a place “where God lives in the Praise” (Psalm 22:3).
As professor, she has served as professor at the Eastern School of Christian ministry and adjunct faculty of Palmer Seminary teaching courses in Community Focused Ministry, Stewardship, and Small Group Ministry, since 1998. Dr. Adams also teaches Bible and Foundations for Christian Spirituality at Eastern University’s Esperanza College. Dr. Adams is a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree which focused on the Renewal of the Church for Mission and the holistic needs of youth in church and community. She was nominated for “Who’s Who in American Universities” in 1996. She is a recognized church leader with the American Baptist Churches, USA and is a member of the Abundant Life Fellowship of Churches under the leadership of Bishop David Evans.
As author, she has written “Destiny: By Divine Design” and "Driven By Destiny" with the foreword written by Dr. Rick Warren, to help readers to discover and fulfill their destiny, maximize their potential and live the life of their dreams. As “The Doctor of Destiny” she is life coach to celebrities and busy professionals in need of spiritual guidance and affirmation. As she encourages victory in every situation, she is affectionately known as Dr. V!.
Dr. Adams is a dynamic preacher, teacher, and transformational speaker. She believes that her God-given calling is to make God truly known to every person she encounters. She is also a host on the “Single, Saved, and So Satisfied” radio talk show on Praise 103.9 FM. She has also been featured for her zest for life in the Philadelphia Tribune, Redbook magazine as well as other local papers. Dr. Adams has even been seen on Fox Television along with her triplet sisters. She is host to the “Your Date With Destiny” life-changing events that dynamically transforms participants to shift into their destiny. The inaugural event, held on 10-10-10, included Tasha Smith, from Tyler Perry’s movie “Why Did I Get Married, Too?” and was a stellar success. Dr. Adams is also a songwriter with songs like “Our Wedding Day”, “Love’s Not Blind”, “I Know”, “Ready or Not”, and “I Wanna Be With You”, Dr. Adams speaks to the heart of what it means to be human and spiritually alive.
As scholar practitioner, Dr. Adams is recent recipient of the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal award. She had the opportunity to hone her Spanish-language skills through lengthy sojourns in Latin America with the expressed purpose to learn the language and the culture to minister more effectively to a multicultural audience. She traveled to Port of Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Dr. Adams has world-wide apostolic influence and has been launched to the nations, traveling internationally spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Americas, Africa, India, the Caribbean, and the Philippines. She is host to the Christian Women’s International Empowerment Conference launched in Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies and is scheduled to span locations around the globe. It is her personal mission is to develop a relationship with God that is so authentically transformational that it compels multitudes to do likewise.