ORU Graduate Adam Hamilton Delivers Sermon at Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service
Oral Roberts University graduate Adam Hamilton was selected to offer the sermon during the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The sermon took place after the conclusion of the inaugural activities for President Barack Obama in the historical Washington National Cathedral.
Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts University in 1985 and a Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Under his leadership, the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people in 1990 to more than 16,000 adult members. The church was also listed as the most influential mainline church in America in a 2005 survey of American pastors.
Hamilton has authored 13 books and several small group studies. He has also been awarded the Denman Award in Evangelism, the Circuit Rider Award for excellence in church leadership, named the Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the Foundation for Evangelism as well as one of the "Ten People to Watch in America's Spiritual Landscape" by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board at Saint Paul School of Theology and lectures on leadership, evangelism and preaching across the country.
The Inaugural Prayer Service also included a prayer for the nation from the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Musical performances include: the “President’s Own” Brass Ensemble of the U.S. Marine Band, the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy, soloist Wintley Phipps and the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir.