005: Interview with Dr. Preston T. Adams III
During this episode, Dr. Preston T. Adams III discusses youth violence, mentoring, and how the church can be more effective in working with and Raising Other People's Kids.
The Reverend Dr. Preston T. Adams, III, pastor, Certified Pastoral Leadership Coach, and human development expert, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He is the oldest of four sons born to Priestley T. and Myrtis L. Adams, both of whom are deceased.
Dr. Adams, a lifelong learner, has three earned university/seminary degrees. Dr. Adams earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Computer Science from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio (1982), and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees from Christian Theological Seminary, (Indianapolis, IN., 1996 and 2005 respectively). Dr. Adams completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree with a 3.9 GPA and in a record two year timeframe!
Dr. Adams is the founding and senior pastor of Amazing Grace Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Amazing Grace launched in September 2010 on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Amazing Grace shares the love of Jesus Christ by encouraging, equipping, and empowering all of God’s people to go and make disciples. Amazing Grace embodies the love of Jesus Christ by its focus on Word, Worship, and Witness. This represents one of the greatest moves of God in Dr. Adams life. Since its launch in September 2010, Amazing Grace has grown from an initial launch team of 20 families to over 300 families. This phenomenal growth can be attributed to the Holy Spirit equipping Dr. Adams to preach and teach transformational Gospel messages that reach a broad audience.
Dr. Adams was ordained in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, by Dr. T. Garrott Benjamin, Jr., Resident Bishop of the historic Light of the World Christian Church -- LWCC (Indianapolis, IN), in July of 1997. Dr. Adams was a member of LWCC for over 26 years, and faithfully served the Light of the World congregation for 20 years in a diverse array of key leadership roles to include Children and Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Overseer of The Christian Ecumenical Covenant Fellowship, and CEO of Project Impact (a youth diversion program that ministered to troubled teens referred from the Juvenile Courts). Dr. Adams culminated his stellar ministry service tenure as the Executive Pastor for LWCC in his final six (6) years.
Dr. Adams has also completed a number of professional certifications to include the Certificate of Fund Raising Management (CFRM) via The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and training as a Certified Empowerment Coach (CEC) via The Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaches (iPEC). Dr. Adams continuously facilitates a diverse array of leadership development workshops, staff trainings, and staff retreats.
Dr. Adams currently serves on a number of boards to include the Board of Trustees for Christian Theological Seminary, the Board of Trustees, Pension Fund, Christian Church (DOC), Treasurer, National Convocation – Christian Church (DOC), and task forces, most related to youth related issues. Additionally, Dr. Adams is very active in ministry to youth and adults who are incarcerated or working to successfully re-enter society via his service as a Chaplain for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Jail Division. Dr. Adams is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a member of 100 Black Men, and a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis and FBI Citizen’s Academy.
￼Dr. Adams has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. His studies and ministry work have taken him to Ghana, West Africa, South Africa, Europe, Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Israel. Dr. Adams is the author of three books: “From Hustlin’ To Hallelujah: My Journey From Chicago’s Southside To God’s Side”, his first book which shares his testimony of how God raised him up from the mean streets of Chicago to become a respected pastor and community servant; “Expect A Miracle: A Biblical and Practical Guide To Walking In All Of God’s Promises For You”; and “Amazing Faith!”
Dr. Adams is the devoted husband of one wife, First Lady Greta Maul Adams, for over 28 years, and the father of three daughters, Patrice, Alaina, and Quinn.