As a young adult, Dr. Adams, a native of East Orange, N.J., felt the inspiration to serve in church leadership. As a graduate of the Bible Seminary Institute (DBI) of the Evangelistic Centers, Inc., Newark N.J., he entered the ministry through field evangelism, traveling extensively in the U.S Upon accepting a Junior Pastorate of the headquarter churches of Evangelistic Centers, Inc. in Brooklyn (NY) and Newark (NJ), he continued in this capacity until he was drafted by the U. S. Army.
Following his military tour of duty, Dr. Adams shortly received Ecclesiastical Ordination in 1970 and relocated to central New Jersey to serve as Pastor of the congregants of Plainfield Evangelistic Center, Inc. He concurrently served in the role of dual praetorship as he served the congregational needs of Community Missions Alliance Church in the neighboring town of Metuchen, N.J. He founded and became National Chartered President of 501©3, (Evangelic Tabernacle, Inc.), an inter-denominational organization helping ministries, for which he is pastor-emeritus.
Dr. Adams' seminary training was further augmented as he studied at the Northeastern Bible College (a.k.a. The King's College-Columbia, NY),at Bloomfield College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Quantitative Methods/Operations Research, and Personnel and Marketing. He was the Graduation Class Scholastic Honor Key Recipient. He pursued his graduate education of a MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Graduate School-NJ. In subsequent years he earned the Doctorate of Divinity from Masters Graduate School of Divinity. As the graduate of several military leadership academies, including US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Texas, he has received numerous awards which include: Meritorious Service Medal-Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation-Two Oak Leaf Cluster(s) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Dr. Adams managerially worked for Corporate America before retiring to Virginia. He is a trained "Classroom Facilitator" by the Intl. Atlantic Group, and was presented the Xerox Corporation Leadership Award. In addition, he was awarded "The Black Achiever of Business Award" for Corporate and Community involvement by PSEG Corporation, (Public Service Electric and Gas Co.)
Dr. Adams is married to the former Vergena Rose Carter, his wife of 45 years. They have two adult children; Douglas, III and DeAnna Lynette.
During his residence in Virginia, until 2006, Dr. Adams was Associate Minister of the Lebanon Baptist Church in Surry, Virginia. He was later called to pastor the Jerusalem Baptist Church of Carsley, Virginia. While serving as pastor of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, he was elected as the 2nd Vice-Moderator of the Lebanon Virginia Baptist Association and Allied Bodies. As a civic leader, he served as the President of Surry County VA Chapter of the
NAACP. He retired as pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church in December 2012.
When his home church, Lebanon Baptist Church, in Surry County, lost its Shepard, Dr. Adams was called to step in as Interim Pastor. Having offered the church spiritual guidance, healing and direction, he was elected Pastor of Lebanon Baptist Church on November 18, 2014.
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