Rev. Adrienne Terry served as the tenth pastor of Christ United Methodist Church until she was called from labor to reward on June 25, 2016. Pastor Terry was born on November 6, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the eldest of two children to the union of Willie L. and Nettie M. Terry. At sixteen, Rev. Terry received a full scholarship from the Martin Luther King Foundation to attend Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She became the 1st person in her family to receive a college degree, graduating from Western Michigan with a degree in Special Education. Prior to answering her call to ministry, Rev. Terry served as a special education teacher in the Royal Oak Michican school system, where met and married Edsel Goode. The couple was blessed with one child, Casey Lynnette.
Pastor Terry was passionate about issues pertaining to women, children, poverty, and HIV-AIDS. At age 29 she became the principal of Edgemeade School for troubled youth. She later served as a program director at For Love of Children (FLOC) and City Lights. During this time, Pastor Terry received her Master’s in Education from George Washington University. She then joined the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. There, Pastor Terry planned and implemented the first faith-based conference and encouraged the faith constituency to address issues of HIV and AIDS. While working full-time, she obtained her Masters in Divinity from the Wesley Theological Seminary and later became an ordained Elder and Deacon in the United Methodist Church.
She was an active member in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Pastor Terry trained church leaders, served as a member of the Commission on Race and Religion, the Committee on Children and Poverty, and Black Methodists for Church Renewal. She also served as a colloquy leader on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary-Urban Ministry Program in the Practice in Mission and Ministry program. At Wesley she served on seminary committees that supported the Urban Ministry program, led mission trips to orphanages in Haiti, and established partnerships with non-profits focused on assisting teen prostitutes and homeless women.
As a Pastor, Rev. Terry served at the following churches prior to coming to Christ UMC: she was appointed in 2000 to West River/Churchton: Oakland/Franklin Cooperative Parish; in 2001 to Franklin United Methodist Church; in 2003, to Asbury United Methodist Church; in 2004, to St Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore.