Co-Director: The Rev. Charles Christian Adams is the Presiding Pastor of the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit – the leading Black church in the city of Detroit, with an illustrious history of community building, capacity building, and civil rights. With an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and further certification from the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard Divinity School (MA), as well as work with the World Council of Churches, Rev. Adams brings deep knowledge of the challenges and rewards pastoral leaders experience as they work in Metropolitan Detroit. He also participates in the governance of several social service agencies and ecumenical confederations in Detroit.
In addition to the insights he brings in terms of pastoral leadership in each of its dimensions, Rev. Adams will help participants contextualize Metropolitan Detroit as a particular ministry setting, particularly with regard to his extensive experience in bridging significant racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and economic divides.