Chris Adams, PhD

Associate Professor
Executive Director, Center for Vocational Ministry

Phone: (626) 387-5749
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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. He served in full-time music ministry for several years after college, then as an associate pastor at a large church for 5 years during and after seminary. He also provided pastoral care to missionary families while completing doctoral work at Fuller Theological Seminary. Adams recently completed 8 years as the associate campus pastor for pastoral care at APU, and is serving as executive director of the Center for Vocational Ministry, which focuses on cultivating resilience in ministry leaders and students through research and formational resources. He also teaches ministry leadership and pastoral care/counseling courses in Azusa Pacific Seminary. Adams is a consultant to a number of denominations and seminaries in the areas of clergy candidate assessment, clergy health, and pastoral leadership formation, and is participating as a consultant, researcher, and writer with the Duke Clergy Health Initiative, Profiles in Ministry Project for the Association of Theological Schools, and the Flourishing In Ministry project at the University of Notre Dame. Adams is also a frequent lecturer at seminaries, retreats, and conferences.


  • PhD, Clinical and Family Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MA, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA, Religious Studies, Trevecca Nazarene University

Academic Area

  • Azusa Pacific Seminary


  • Church Consulting
  • Clergy and Missionary Candidate Assessment
  • Clergy Health
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Pastoral Leadership Formation
  • Psychology and Theology Integration

Courses Taught

  • GDMN 797 - Seminar in Ministry
  • GDMN 799 - Readings in Doctoral Ministry
  • GMIN 504 – Pastoral Counseling of Youth
  • GMIN 505 – Ministry Life and Leadership
  • GMIN 548 – Pastoral Counseling and Church Health
  • GMIN 567 - Community Retreat