The Reverend Adam S. Linton has served as Rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit since 2009. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay area and was raised in the Episcopal Church. A period of questioning and search led him in time to Eastern Orthodoxy, in which he lived and served for some twenty years. He returned to the Episcopal Church in 1996. His priestly orders were received in 1997, by the Right Reverend Frank Griswold, then Bishop of Chicago.
Father Adam was ordained in 1980 and previously served parishes in Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Utah, and as an active-duty Chaplain in the United States Navy. He has additionally served in diocesan administration, as a Standing Committee member, the Chair of a diocesan Liturgy Committee, and as a Deputy to General Convention (2006).
He is a graduate of College of Marin, Kentfield, California, and the Orthodox seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, with additional studies at Marywood College, Scranton. He is a graduate of and holds his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Adam+ has engaged in intensive work on both the sixteenth century English theologian Richard Hooker, and also the great twentieth century Reformed theologian, Karl Barth, of whom he is a noted student. Personal interests include life-long engagements with literature, poetry, music, and the arts. He has a special affection for the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
He and his wife, Lori, have been married for forty years and reside in Orleans, with their Yellow Labrador Retriever, Polly. They have five grown children and two grandchildren.