In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus tells a story of the two sons. Jesus asks, “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.“ Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collector and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”
The second son who said he would do what his father asked and didn’t do it represents the children of Israel. They promised to do the will of God, but constantly disobeyed. However, the testimony of the first son is my own. For a good portion of my life, I was disobedient, but always living with a sense of God’s calling embedded deeply within my conscience.
Instead of doing my father’s will, I ran with my father’s blessing and lived as the prodigal son lived. I was reckless and wasted away the blessing in which God bestowed upon me. I was chasing rainbows, seeking the reds of success, the oranges of fame, the yellows of glory, and greens of prosperity only to find myself in the blues of life, realizing there is not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I struggled while concerning myself with succumbing to the destructive delights of the world. It was all about me. I thought fast living was the way to live.
My testimony today is I thought that my will was more important than God’s will. I thought it was all about me. But after coming to my senses, I realized that every time I hit rock bottom it was God who was right there at rock bottom level with me. It was God who was there to pick me up every time, and when God picked me up the last time, I decided to do his will.
In doing God’s will, I gave my life to Christ and as I grew in relationship with God I answered my calling to ministry. And as a result of this relationship with God – “I am.”
I am an ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME church, following in the footsteps of my grandfather, the late Reverend Robert B. Singleton. I am 1996 graduate of South Carolina State University with a BA degree in Elementary Education. I am also a 2008 graduate of Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, in Atlanta, GA with an M.Div. degree concentrating in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
I am the former pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, North Charleston, SC, and I am the current pastor of Mt. Carmel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Moncks Corner, SC. I am a Chaplain at the Medical University of South Carolina. I am a member of Ancient Square Lodge #174, F. & AM, PHA and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
I am the husband of Lakesha L. Adams, the father to Tyran, Makaila, Andrew (Tre), Micah, and Eli.
Because of my love and passion for people, my approach is to holistically reach those to whom I minister. It is my vision to minister to help people through self-reflection, discover who they are and whose they are, in a world that trains them away from who God has called them to be.