I'm Adam McHugh and I am the the author of Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. I'm a writer, spiritual director, speaker, and retreat leader. I've also passed the first-level exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers. No seriously. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, I am no longer in professional ministry, but if they want my ordination card back, they're going to have to pry it out of my cold, dead hand.
What gets me up in the morning are the thoughts that I need to write down, and a whole lot of Peets coffee. I am working on a second book with InterVarsity Press that I'm trying to persuade them to call "The Listening Life." I'm slowly growing my CV, and I have been published in The Christian Century, The Washington Post, Leadership Journal, RELEVANT Magazine, Psychology Today, Conversations Journal, among other publications and websites. I got an 8 page spread in Susan Cain's bestseller Quiet, but they cut the fold-out of me in a Speedo at the last minute. Rumor has it I'm one of the few to ever write a guest post for Ann Voskamp's A Holy Experience blog. And I'm definitely the most sarcastic. I've been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, and the Huffington Post. I even served as a guest chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 28th, 2012, which meant that I prayed while giving hand signals to my buddies back home watching on CSPAN. One time Metallica told me that I rock.
I grew up in Seattle and very much miss the rain and the homicidal despair of the winter. For 12 years I lived in Claremont, California, which is truly my spiritual home, but I am now trying out life, for the second time, in the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley. I am the general manager at a small winery in Lompoc and a wine specialist at Whole Foods in Santa Barbara. I have degrees from Claremont McKenna College and Princeton Seminary. I also received my spiritual direction certification through the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
When I'm not writing or teaching people about wine, I love to cook, read the classics, take long introspective walks, listen to Miles and Coltrane, discover new wines, play golf, and thoughtfully stare off into space. I'm still trying to discover what makes for the "good life," but I have a suspicion it involves following Jesus to the bitter end.