Adam Lewis: The man doesn't understand 'slow down'

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 11/19/18

If you ever need a lesson in time management and separating responsibilities, perhaps you should consult with Adam Lewis. If he has the time, that is. In addition to owning two businesses – Strategic Resources, a small political consulting firm specializing in state and local campaigns; and Jumpy Things, an inflatables rental business with bounce houses – Lewis also serves as executive pastor at Westmore Church of God and director of media and public relations for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

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Adam Lewis: The man doesn't understand 'slow down'

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If you ever need a lesson in time management and separating responsibilities, perhaps you should consult with Adam Lewis.

If he has the time, that is.

In addition to owning two businesses — Strategic Resources, a small political consulting firm specializing in state and local campaigns; and Jumpy Things, an inflatables rental business with bounce houses — Lewis also serves as executive pastor at Westmore Church of God and director of media and public relations for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

“I accepted both of those roles about the same time,” Lewis said, adding he began working for the church in August and took on the part-time role with BCSO in September. “I’m in a constant state of on-call.”

Lewis said he is fortunate both roles are very flexible and that he is allowed to do both.

“I certainly enjoy it, and I love to stay busy,” he added.

Lewis grew up near Dayton, Ohio, and came to Lee University (then College) in January 2002. He met his wife, Courtney, here and now calls Cleveland home. They have two children: 7-year-old Brooklyn-Kate and 5-year-old Brady.

He came to Lee as a pastoral studies major, but switched to political science and served as president of the College Republicans; that experience turned into involvement with the Bradley County Republican Party, where he served two terms as chairman.

“Life often takes you in different directions sometimes,” he said, adding he is fortunate “to work with a lot of good local candidates.”

Lewis said his passion in politics is in campaigns, noting it is not an “aspiration of mine” to be a candidate, although he respects those who offer themselves for service to their community.

“I love the strategy,” he said. “I love the way a good campaign can work.”

Lewis said his role at Westmore is largely administrative. He has been a member of the church for about 10 years.

He worked in management in food service for many years, starting at Lee University and moving on to M&M/Mars and Bald Headed Bistro locally, and Volkswagen in Chattanooga. Lewis was on a clear career path a year or so ago when he began having conversations with Kelvin Page, senior pastor at Westmore, about taking on a role at church.

Lewis believes his experience in management and leadership prepared him for taking on the position. He is responsible for finances and church business affairs, and works directly with the staff, which is busy on a building project for the church.

“This is meaningful, purposeful work,” he said.

Lewis has many responsibilities in both his church and BCSO roles, and said as far as which is more stressful, it depends on the day.

“It’s not a situation where I felt overwhelmed, it was just new,” Lewis said. “I love being busy — I don’t do well with down time.”

Lewis said as a Christian and man of faith, he believes that everything we do is a ministry. He added as long as he continues to do both jobs well he will continue to serve well.

In addition to his other business roles, Lewis has owned Strategic Resources since 2006; it is through this company that Lewis worked on Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson’s successful campaign. He did not expect to be offered a job with the BCSO, but the idea came up during transition team planning after Lawson won the Republican Primary election; facing no Democratic opponent, it was clear in May that Lawson would be Bradley County’s next sheriff.

“Much of my role is digital,” Lewis said, adding he takes care of BCSO’s social media. He said 90 percent of the job can be done from his iPhone.

In his non-work time, Lewis enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys hunting and said “Netflix is a good friend.” With his family, they enjoy traveling and said most of their trips are kid-centered.


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