About Jay Adams

A native of Baltimore, Jay E. Adams (b. 1929) is a retired pastor, church planter, seminary professor, author, editor, and international conference speaker. He studied at Johns Hopkins University (A.B.), Reformed Episcopal Seminary (B.D.), Temple University School of Theology (S.T.M), Pittsburg-Xenia Theological Seminary, and the University of Missouri (Ph.D.).


Dr. Adams taught homiletics and pastoral ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary in both Philadelphia and California where he was the Director of Advanced Studies and led the D.Min. program in homiletics. He is the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation where he served as the Dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies. Dr. Adams is a co-founder of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (now the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) where he served as president and the Institute for Nouthetic Studies where he continues to serve as the Dean of the Institute. He also has served as the editor of the Journal of Pastoral Practice and the Journal of Modern Ministry.


In 1970, Dr. Adams published Competent to Counsel, a book that called Christians back to using the Scriptures as God’s sufficient resource for counseling His people, launching the modern biblical counseling movement. Since then, Dr. Adams has been an influential figure as a mentor to pastors, counselors, educators, and lay people as the author of over 100 books and a popular conference speaker.


In 1997, Dr. Adams was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the State of South Carolina, by Governor David Beasley.


Dr. Adams has been married to his wife, Betty Jane, since 1951. They live near Woodruff, South Carolina where they enjoy being near many of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.