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Pastor Ron Adema

Ron Adema is pastor of Doctrinal Studies Bible Church, Birmingham, Alabama. Born in 1938 in White Hall, Michigan, Ron briefly attended Western Michigan University before transferring to the University of Alabama Birmingham in pre-dentistry School.

Ron came to accept Jesus Christ as his savior after moving to Birmingham, Alabama in 1959. After his salvation, Ron had a tremendous desire to serve in a full-time ministry capacity, and switched to Samford University in Birmingham, where he completed a double Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 in Psychology and Religion. He has continued his studies over the years at Samford University, concentrating in the Greek and Hebrew languages. Ron served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1962 to 1964, where he gained valuable training and discipline that has served him well in his pastorate.

Ron pastored Pleasant Mount Baptist Church in Blount County, Alabama from 1964 to 1968. He next served four years with the Billy Graham Ministries. Ron and his evangelist friend, Rick Hughes, founded Teen Crusades in 1972, to evangelize and ground in the faith youth in high schools and colleges across America.

In January 1974, a group of families who met in Bible studies and a group composed largely of college students who attended Ron’s Bible studies merged and selected Ron as their pastor. This new church they named Doctrinal Studies Bible Church, where he has taught and pastored ever since. Ron’s emphasis is to make the local church a classroom for learning God’s Word and training believers in ministries. He teaches from the original languages of scripture, comparing scripture to scripture categorically by subject, in the context of the historical setting of the writer. Current Bible studies

Ron met and married Jane Jones in Birmingham in 1959. He and Jane have four children, Deanna, Rhonda, Bill, and Angela, and now enjoy seven grandchildren.