Detroit and the nation are mourning the loss of one of this country’s most influential African American ministers. Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor emeritus of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, passed away last month at the age of 86. He left behind an enduring legacy as a prominent minister, civil rights activist, and community service leader.
- Rev. Charles Christian Adams talks about growing up with his father as a minister
- Rev. Charles G. Adams of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church celebrates 50 years as pastor
“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson sits down for a conversation with Rev. Adams’ son, Rev. Charles Christian Adams, who became the senior pastor at Hartford when his father retired in 2019 after more than 50 years in the pulpit. Pastor Adams reflects on his father’s many contributions and achievements, including serving as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, being among the first to ordain women into the ministry, and traveling to the Mideast with then-President Bill Clinton for the signing of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty in 1994.
Plus, Pastor Adams, who is a member of American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” advisory committee, also talks about his relationship with his dad and the profound impact of the loss of his father on his life.
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