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Worship in Wait series features Rev. Charles Adams, renowned Detroit preacher and social justice advocate


April 8, 2008

The Rev. Charles Adams, pastor of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church since 1969, will deliver the sermon, titled “All Things Are Yours,” at 11 a.m. April 15 in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel as part of the Worship in Wait series.  Ebony Magazine named him “one of the country’s greatest black preachers,” and during his tenure at Hartford, the congregation has grown to more than 10,000 members.

Adams is known for his social justice and urban revitalization work through economic, educational and social initiatives in Detroit.  He has been active in the World Council of Churches’ efforts to combat racism, and spoke before the United Nations on South African apartheid.  In 1994, he was invited to accompany President Bill Clinton to Jordan to witness the signing of the peace accord between Jordan and Israel.  In 2007, Adams joined the faculty of the Harvard University Divinity School as the first William and Lucille Nickerson Professor of the Practice of Ethics and Ministry.

Adams will also deliver the Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 14 in Wait Chapel.  The first lecture is titled “Sermon as Song” and the 7 p.m. lecture is titled “Preserve Religious Liberty.”

Worship in Wait is a series of worship services that brings a variety of distinguished preachers from diverse traditions to Wake Forest University.  The series responds to contemporary issues within the context of ecumenical worship.

Worship in Wait is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Divinity School and the Office of the Chaplain.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, call (336) 758-5121.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


The Rev. Charles Adams, pastor of Detroit's Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.
The Rev. Charles Adams, pastor of Detroit's Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.
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