Dr. Chris Adams
Strategic Partner for Clergy Research and Flourishing in Ministry
Chris Adams, Ph.D. is a third-generation pastor's kid, ordained minister, clinical psychologist, and certified wellbeing and leadership coach. He has served in pastoral care and counseling roles in a large congregation and a large Christian university. He specializes in the wellbeing of ministerial students, clergy, and their families.
Chris currently serves as Professor, Chaplain, and Executive Director of the Mental Health and the Church initiative at Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, Biola University. Chris teaches pastoral care and counseling, Christian leadership formation, and psychology and Christianity integration courses for Rosemead and several seminaries.
Chris is a frequent lecturer at seminaries, retreats, and conferences and is a consultant to numerous denominations and seminaries in the areas of clergy candidate formative evaluation, clergy health and flourishing, and pastoral leadership formation. He is the lead researcher for the Flourishing in Ministry project, and is currently participating as a consultant and researcher with the Duke Clergy Health Initiative. (divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/clergy-health-initiative).
He is married to Lori, a cardiac nurse, and they have two children. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, scuba diving, and music (especially jazz).