Following in grandfather’s footsteps

Adam Ivey ordained to ministry

by W. Winston Skinner


Adam Ivey gathers with his wife and parents after his ordination. From left are Laura, Adam, Tondra and Mike Ivey. 

 By W. Winston Skinner

Three years ago, Adam Ivey stopped by to visit with his grandfather, Frank Powers.

“He was in his senior year at Kennesaw,” Powers remembered. Powers’ wife, Judy, had sent their grandson a clipping about the call to preach.

“He came to me and was sharing that he had felt the call the ministry,” Powers said. Powers, a pastor for half a century, was thrilled – and not completely surprised.

“He had talked to me about what it meant to be called into the ministry,” Powers said. “We talked a great deal about him answering the call.”

Ivey completed his business degree at Kennesaw State, where he had been active in the Baptist campus ministry, and then worked while attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s program in Marietta.

When Ivey’s wife, Laura Bryan Ritch, finished her degree, they headed for North Carolina and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ivey is working on a double masters – Old Testament-Hebrew and ministry studies there. “He will graduate in December 2014,” friend June Harris said.

Ivey hopes to pursue PhD studies in Old Testament and Hebrew either at Southeastern or Duke.

Ivey received a call as pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Wake Forest, N.C. “He’s been there about three months and just loves it,” his grandfather said. “He’s an excellent preacher, but also a good teacher.”

Ivey is the son of Mike and Tondra Ivey. His paternal grandparents are Ron and Pat Ivey. Adam Ivey graduated from East Coweta High School.

Laura Ivey also grew up in Coweta County. A graduate of Newnan High School, she is the daughter of Craig and Jeannie Bryan. “She’s so supportive of his ministry,” Powers said.

For many years, Powers was pastor at East Newnan Baptist Church. Ivey “accepted the Lord as his personal Savior at Central Baptist Church at the age of six,” Harris related. The Iveys joined East Newnan in 2003.

When it came time for Ivey’s ordination service, it took place at East Newnan, and his grandfather took part. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It was an intense experience – just to be a part of a grandson’s ordination service,” Powers said.

Harris is an active members at East Newnan, and she recalled the reception held after the ordination service. “Proud family and friends gathered to enjoy fellowship – to celebrate bringing another generation into the service of the Lord,” she said.

Powers reflected that his grandson is “kind of following in my footsteps.” Thinking about the ordination service, Powers added, “I’ll never forget it.”

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