City Director | St. Louis, MO
During college Adria began to feel called into urban ministry and was introduced to the ministry of World Impact. After graduating from California State University Channel Islands with a degree in English she began a year-long internship with World Impact St. Louis in January of 2006. Through her internship she felt the Lord confirm the calling she had felt for several years and came on staff as a full-time missionary with World Impact. During her first six years in St. Louis she served in various roles, running children and youth programs, discipling young women and working with families in her community. She also helped coordinate church planting efforts and managed the ministry communications and various administrative tasks. In 2012 she and her husband, Andrew Medlen, relocated to Wichita, Kansas, to serve as the Communications Coordinator for The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) of World Impact and provided support for the TUMI team and the satellite locations.
In 2013 the Medlens transitioned to the World Impact Wichita ministry where Adria served as the project manager for the Christ the Victor Church Planting Movement and coordinated other ministry events to support church planting efforts. For six months in 2015 the Medlens also served part-time in Topeka, Kansas, where they supported the launch of World Impact Topeka and trained several Christ the Victor Church pastors.
Adria is also a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner and has enjoyed using this knowledge for training and resourcing both staff and urban leaders in ministry.
Adria and her husband Andrew returned to St. Louis in January of 2017 as Co-Directors of the World Impact St. Louis ministry re-launch. They are passionate about equipping urban leaders with the purpose of seeing urban churches planted in St. Louis and beyond.
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