KNOXVILLE– Adam Bloch, current pastor of Ridgeview Christian Church in Rolla, Missouri and proud alumni of Johnson University, had a great time at this year’s Homecoming.
Though he has enjoyed all his Homecomings since his graduation in 2009, he is especially enthusiastic this year’s Homecoming, for on Thursday he was officially elected Vice President of next year’s Homecoming.
“As Vice President, I will shadow the President, who is in charge of most of the planning for Homecoming,” Bloch said. “Theoretically, while I’m Vice President, I will figure out how to plan Homecoming 2018.”
Bloch then mentioned that the title of ‘Homecoming’ was a pretty accurate representation of what it’s like to come back.
“I probably will always consider [Johnson] to be one of the homes of my life,” He said.
After Bloch graduated from Johnson, he immediately decided to pursue higher education.
“I knew that I wanted to be a preacher, but I was also in my early twenties and I knew most churches wouldn’t hire me at that age as the preacher,” He explained.
His wife, Tracey Bloch, fellow alumna of Johnson, then began work as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Morrison Hill Christian Church in Kingston, Tennessee while he worked on getting a master’s degree in Divinity.
Interestingly, Bloch found that the higher education he was seeking was not at all what he expected.
“I realized Johnson’s education is really good,” He mentioned. “There were some classes that did really well; but for the most part, it was all just relearning things that I had already learned at Johnson.”
After he had completed his master’s and he looked like a preacher on paper more than he did before, he scored a pastoral job at Ridgeview Christian Church pretty easily.
Mrs. Bloch stepped down from her role at MHCC, they moved their family to Missouri, and have been stationed there ever since.
Bloch is extremely grateful for his time spent at Johnson.
“I think of Johnson as what’s called a thin place,” Bloch said. “It’s bad theology, but it makes a cool point.”
He then explained that “thin places” are the spaces between heaven and earth that are thinner in certain places.
“While that’s ridiculous because God’s kingdom is here, when I’m at Johnson, it is like just being there recharges [me].” He declared. “It reminds me of what’s truly important.”
Bloch went on to say that the thing he likes most about Homecoming is seeing all his alumni friends once again.
He reminisced about his fifth year reunion, focusing especially on the last night of Homecoming.
One person from the group of ten he and his wife were talking with suddenly said, “Hey, let’s pray.”
“So we prayed and the prayer kind of turned into conversation as well, and it’s kinda cool when that happens cause it was almost like a conversation wherein God was involved.” Bloch said. “I remember during that conversation thinking that this is what heaven’s gonna be like: Just a bunch of friends who genuinely, actually, one hundred percent care for each other, hanging out.”
Needless to say, Homecoming was a joyous time for the alumni of 2014. According to Bloch, that joy definitely carried over to 2016.