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Rev. Chris Adams

Rev. Chris Adams, PhD

Rev. Chris Adams, PhD, grew up in a music ministry family in the Nashville area. He is a third generation pastor's kid, and an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Chris served in full-time music ministry for several years after college, and then as an associate pastor at a large church for five years during and after seminary. Having recently completed 8 years as an Associate Campus Pastor at Azusa Pacific University, Chris is currently serving as the Executive Director of the APU Center for Vocational Ministry. This new center is focused on cultivating resilience in ministry leaders through formational research, resources, and relationships. He also teaches ministry leadership and pastoral care and counseling courses for Azusa Pacific Seminary. Chris is a consultant to a number of denominations and seminaries in the areas of clergy candidate assessment, clergy health, and pastoral leadership formation. He is currently participating as a consultant and researcher with the Duke Clergy Initiative, Profiles in Ministry Project for the Association of Theological Schools, and the Flourishing In Ministry project at the University of Notre Dame. Chris is a frequent speaker at seminaries, pastors' retreats, and conferences. He is married to Lori, a cardiac nurse, and they have two children - Lexi (7) and Cole (3). Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, scuba diving, and music (especially jazz).