Debbie Adams is a 2011 graduate of the University of Portland, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry. In 2011, she also completed the
Christifideles Program administered by the Archdiocese of Seattle and was commissioned a Lay Ecclesial Minister for the archdiocese. Prior to UP, Debbie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA. As an Air Force “brat,” she grew up in England, Japan, Portugal and Texas, and worked for two years in Cameroon, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Debbie is currently employed as Pastoral Assistant for RCIA, and Adult and Middle School Faith Formation at Sacred Heart Church in Battle Ground, Washington. Additionally, she serves on the faculty of the Catechetical Certification Program for the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Debbie’s favorite part about working in a parish is trying to answer the challenging questions of middle schoolers, like explaining what happened to the Ark of the Covenant (References to Indiana Jones don’t work anymore.) and whether pets go to heaven. She also likes teaching, promoting, cajoling, persuading, and encouraging fellow Catholics to pick up and read their Bibles. Her favorite quote is from St. Jerome: “Ignorance of scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”
Debbie lives in Southwest Washington with her husband of 15 years and their three daughters. Outside of her work in the parish, she spends most of her time chauffeuring her daughters to soccer, piano or Tae Kwon Do classes. In her free time, Debbie enjoys camping, reading, old movies, and riding the roller coaster at Oaks Park.