The Reverend Adriene Thorne joined the staff of Middle Collegiate Church in June 2008. As Minister for Care, she is responsible for the spiritual nurture and development of the congregation and community. Adriene spends time with members of the Middle family discerning the ways God is calling them to use their gifts in the world. She works with small groups, coordinates hospital and home visits, and meets with members privately for pastoral care and counseling. In addition, Adriene deploys the care team, writes a monthly care blog, and develops Middle's growing team of volunteers.
Prior to ministry, Adriene pursued a nearly 20-year career in the performing arts. She danced professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem's Workshop Ensemble and toured the US and Canada in a Broadway musical. Adriene has performed at The Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall where she was a World Famous Rockette.
Adriene graduated from the State University of New York, Empire State College with a B.A. in Cultural Studies that had a Creative Writing focus. She completed her Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in art and psychology at The Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. At her graduation she was awarded the schools highest honor, The Koinonia Award. It is given to distinguished graduates who have strengthened the school through outstanding contributions of spirit, insight, and intellect and those who have earned the respect and recognition of their peers and the faculty.
Adriene's ministerial gifts lie in the areas of healing with the arts, worship and liturgy design, and crafting prayer. Additionally, she enjoys preaching, counseling and working with others to develop their spiritual gifts. Adriene served the Reformed Church in America’s Commission on Christian Worship, was the Visiting Artist at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and served on the board of Room for All, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the Reformed Church in America.
Adriene has taught throughout her career, both nationally and internationally, developing curricula for all age groups that integrate movement with concepts of teambuilding, identity, and healthy living. She is always working towards a theology of healing in which the arts play a central role, and to that end, Adriene’s key assertion is that the arts have the ability to drop us into the center of ourselves and our healing more quickly than anything else we can access. From that center, she believes we touch the holy and reconnect with our authentic and creative selves. While no longer performing professionally, Adriene enjoys connecting various artists with religious institutions interested in transformational partnerships. Adriene is thrilled to offer her gifts in a faith community interested in following God’s lead and living the good news with playful imagination.