Rest In Peace Reverend Charles Gilchrist Adams
News hit social media and beyond Wednesday that beloved Pastor Emeritus Rev. Charles Gilchrist Adams passed away at the age of 86.
Reverend Adams was a wide-reaching powerhouse whose prolific sermons became unforgettable to not only members of the historic Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, but around the world. Who can forget the “Thank You” sermon during Rosa Parks’ Funeral Service in 2005?
Born in Detroit in 1936, Adams’ was a Cass Tech graduated and also 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. From 1962 to 1969, Dr. Adams served as Pastor of historic Concord Baptist Church in Boston, followed by an appointment as the Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Reverend Adams was also a gifted writer, professor and civil rights advocate serving multiple terms as President (1984) and on the Executive Board of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP. (hmbcdetroit.org & michiganchronicle.com)
Dr. Adams retired from Hartford in 2019 after 52 years in the pulpit and his son Rev. Charles Christian Adams, took over the pulpit. In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, Agnes Adams, daughter Dr. Tara Adams Washington and his sister.