Adventist Convert, Pastor Mike Adams
Dies From Cancer
Wife’s Bible studies led second-career theology student to church
BY MARK A. KELLNER
, news editor
n the verge of his retirement from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Mike Adams began studies at a Baptist seminary, planning to enter the ministry.
Adams, who succumbed to cancer on July 29, 2013, at age 60, ended up in the pulpit after his career as a civil engineer, but it was as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, serving the Park Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church in Valdosta, Ga.
CONVERT AND PASTOR: Mike Adams was studying at a Baptist seminary when his wife took an online Seventh-day Adventist Bible study. Both joined the Adventist Church, and Adams pastored a congregation in Valdosta, Georgia, until his passing July 29, 2013, from cancer. [PHOTO: GCC]
“Coming from a Baptist seminary to being a minister in an Adventist church is a long journey,” Adams recalled at his ordination early in 2012. “There are a lot of loving people in the conference that embraced us and allowed us concessions through love.”
Adams credited his wife, Tammie, who survives, with moving him toward Adventism: “Tammie had been to a Sabbathkeeping church, [though it] wasn’t an Adventist church, when she was a teenager, and it kind of stuck with her,” he explained. “We were attending a Baptist church at the time, and during a Bible study she asked the pastor’s wife why we go to church on Sunday. I think her answer was ‘tradition.’ You’d have to know my wife to know that was like pouring gas on a fire. She began to study and to look.”
That study led Tammie Adams to an online Seventh-day Adventist Bible study, and the couple into the church.
Eventually, Adams said, “We started keeping the Sabbath at home because we didn’t know about the [Seventh-day] Adventist Church. Eventually we studied some of the doctrines of the Adventist Church and decided that’s where we wanted to be. We joined the Moultrie church at that time. I graduated from seminary, and five days later I was baptized into the Adventist Church.”
Along with his wife, survivors include sons Matthew Gordon and Paxton Gordon; daughters Caraline Gordon, Katie Williams, and Leah Adams; father A. M. “Buck” Adams; brother, Scott Adams; sister, Chan Bell; and three grandchildren.
—with information from the Georgia-Cumberland Conference.