President Charles Christian Adams
Charles Christian Adams studied at Morehouse College and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While there, Rev. Adams served as the Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Bronx Christian Fellowship Church, Bronx, New York under the Pastorate of Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook. Both Dr. Cook and Rev. Adams comforted and counseled many in the Wall Street area in the immediate aftermath of ‘9ll’. In addition, he was Program Coordinator for the Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University in New York and has completed the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard Divinity School.
Rev. Charles Christian Adams served as the Presiding Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church for eleven years as well as Co-Pastor, all this alongside his father, Dr. Charles G. Adams. On October 1, 2019, Rev. Charles Christian Adams became the fourth pastor in Hartford’s history. In addition to his preaching and teaching ministry at Hartford, Rev. Adams has traveled the world, ministering in Geneva, Switzerland for the World Council of Churches, Harare, Zimbabwe for the Baptist World Alliance Youth Conference and Johannesburg, South Africa for the American Baptist Churches. He has preached throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. In April 2013 Rev. Adams received the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. Rev. Adams also regularly conducts behavioral health seminars at churches, schools, prisons, treatment facilities and anywhere else he may be needed.
Rev. Adams is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, lifetime member of the NAACP and currently serves as the President of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Recovery Project, Center for Urban Youth & Family Development, and the Emmanuel House Recovery Center. Additionally, he sits on the board of directors for Morehouse School of Religion, Loyola High School and Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He is an advisory board member for the American Baptist Women in Ministry as well as St. Jude Research Hospital. Rev. Adams also directly served his community as a sworn city official, sitting on the City of Detroit Board of Ethics and is a past Board President of The Metropolitan Christian Council of Detroit & Windsor. Also Rev. Adams currently serves as a Wayne County Sheriffs Caplin and is the 1st VP of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Midwest Region. Rev. Adams also currently serves as Election Chair for the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He also serves as an Executive Board Member.
Rev. Charles Christian Adams is the loving husband to Nicole Adams, and father of Charles Edward Adams, Madison Elizabeth Adams, and Juliana Ortiz. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree at Duke University Divinity School and is grateful for the opportunity to have served alongside his father, and to now perpetuate the Hartford legacy as a continued beacon of light to the people in the City of Detroit and beyond.