PASTOR MORIE ADAMS-GRIFFIN
As a native Montanan, Pastor Morie appreciates both the geography and the people of the state. He was born and raised in Great Falls, MT, until he moved to Missoula, MT for college. He acquired his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montana, majoring in Sociology with a minor Philosophy. During this time he married his long-time friend, Erin, who grew up in Helena, MT. After graduating from U of M, they moved to Berkeley, CA where Morie attended seminary at the Pacific School of Religion, acquiring a Masters of Divinity degree. In 2002, they moved back to Montana where Morie was ordained and began serving churches in Great Falls. This is where their daughter, Micah, was born. The family then moved to Belgrade, MT in 2006 to start a new congregation, Living Waters United Methodist Church, a vibrant faith community serving the Gallatin Valley. This is also where their son, Elijah, was born. Morie has been a leader with the Yellowstone Conference of the UMC during his 20 year tenure. Over these years, he has been very involved in youth, camping, campus ministries, and Walk to Emmaus.
Although Morie loves his work and goes at a steady pace with the necessary tasks, he always puts God and family first. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, snow skiing, golf, watching movies, and playing board games.
Pastor Morie beleives his purpose as a Christian Pastor is to share the message of everyone's belovedness, no matter where they come from or what they beleive. "God is bigger than any single faith tradtion, but my specfic journey has led me to this great God through Christianity," he says.