History of Adore
Under the guidance of Bishop Sam Jacobs and the vision of Fr. Mark Toups and Paul George, Adore began as an outreach to lead people into a relationship with God in Houma, LA. The first initiative of Adore Ministries was to bring the relevancy of the Gospel to those who were disenchanted, fallen away, un-evangelized, marginalized or simply desiring to know more about Jesus Christ.
Hurricane Katrina causes severe destruction along the Gulf Coast, most especially New Orleans, LA, as the levee system failure left 80% of the city flooded. 60 miles away in Houma, LA, the one year old Adore Ministries is thrust to the front lines of charitable aid to those who had lost everything. As Adore’s worship spaces became emergency shelters and re-entry centers, Project Starfish is born as Adore’s social justice arm.
As the outreaches in Houma grew to produce great fruit, the 2097 worship tour with friends Matt Maher, Kelly Pease, and Josh Blakesley brought Adore Ministries to a national stage. It was clear that an expansion of Adore was eminent. Adore partnered with Youth Arise North America and the Diocese of Phoenix to begin a full time mission at the Arizona State University Newman Center in Tempe, AZ, and a campus that was known for it’s wild parties begins to be transformed into one known for worship and justice.
Adore partners with the Companions of the Cross religious community and brings on board, Ennie Hickman to begin it’s third full time mission. This one in Houston, TX, first at the Catholic Charismatic Center and the third ward and then St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Southwest Houston.
As the Lord began to reveal the great needs in the poorest parts of Houston, two more mission outreaches to youth directed by Jonathan Alexander were born, one in rural Richmond and one in the Fifth Ward. 2011 also brought about an expansion to the town of Cecilia, LA directed by Nic Frank.
Adore grows to serve more and more people as new missionaries come aboard to serve the Houston area in Richmond, the Fifth Ward, at the University of St. Thomas. A new mission is also established in post-industrial Portsmouth, OH.