Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

18700 James Couzens Fwy
Detroit, MI 48235


Business Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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Proposed Courses for the
2007-2008 Academic Year

  1. Preaching For Social Change
  2. Faith-Based Economic Development
  3. Issues of Church and State: A Study in Maintaining the Delicate Balance between Religious Liberty and the Wall of Separation
  4. Effective Models of Ministry: Case Studies and Other Analyses
  5. The Use of Scripture, Prayer, and Other Religious Symbols in the Public Square
  6. God, Human Suffering, and the Minister
Our Pastor

Charles Gilchrist Adams, was born December 13, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan. He was baptized by his granduncle, the late Gordon Blaine Hancock, of Richmond, Virginia. He attended Fisk University where he was President of the Sophomore Class and Vice President of the Student Council.

He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and Harvard University and went on to become a doctoral fellow in Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has been awarded twelve honorary doctorates from such institutions as Morehouse College, Marygrove College, Dillard University, Morris College, Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the University of Michigan.

From 1962 to 1969, Dr. Adams served as Pastor of the historic Concord Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by an appointment as the Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1969. He has lectured on homiletics and Black Church studies in Boston University, Andover Newton School of Theology, Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He lectured seven times at Boston University School of Theology in a course on the Black Church taught by Professor Preston Noah Williams.

In April 1989, Dr. Adams was invited to speak before the United Nations on South African apartheid. In August 1990, he was a speaker for the World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Seoul, Korea. His theme was “Together In Christ We Love.”

In 1991, Dr. Adams addressed the Seventh General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Canberra, Australia, and spoke on the theme, “Come Holy Spirit, Renew The Whole Creation. At this Assembly, he was elected to their organization's Central Committee. He recommended the World Council use its offices and resources to combat racism in the U.S. and around the world, and their response was to join forces with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Together, the organizations converged on Los Angeles in 1992 to meet with churches, gang leaders, public officials and citizens in order to bring about a lasting peace after the riots following the verdict in the beating of Rodney King.

In 1994, Dr. Adams received his second citation by Ebony Magazine as one of the nations 15 greatest Black preachers (he was first cited in 1984). Ebony also named him as one of the top 100 most influential Black Americans. He served as President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP in 1984 and was elected to its Executive Board in 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992.

Dr. Adams was the 1993-94 Conference Preacher for Hampton University Ministers Conference held in Hampton, Virginia. He has been awarded twelve honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country; has spoken before the United Nations (on South African Apartheid); and has received the coveted "Rabbi Marvin Katzenstein Award" from the Harvard Divinity School. This is given to a Harvard graduate who exhibits "a passionate and helpful interest in the lives of other people, an informed and realistic faithfulness, and an embodiment of the idea that love is not so much a way of feeling as a way of acting and has a reliable sense of humor."

A prolific writer, Dr. Adams has published locally and nationally in scholarly journals and daily and weekly in newspapers. His sermon, "Drunk on the Eve of Reconstruction" appeared in the Winter 2001-2002 Edition of The African American Pulpit (Judson Press). Judson Press also published 9.11.01 African American Leaders Respond to an American Tragedy in which a sermon by Dr. Adams is featured. In September of 2002, Westminster John Knox Press published Power in the Pulpit, in which Dr. Adams describes how he prepares, writes and delivers his sermons.

Dr. Adams' board affiliations include the Baptist World Alliance, the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Congress of National Black Churches, Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Morris College (Sumpter, SC). He is married to Agnes Hadley Adams and is the father of Tara Adams Washington, M.D., and the Rev. Charles Christian Adams.

To view Dr. Adams' Curriculum Vitae, please click here.


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