Charles Gilchrist Adams (born December 13, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan) became the first Nickerson Professor of the Practice of Ethics and Ministry at Harvard Divinity School in 2007.
Adams served as the Senior Pastor at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, United States, since 1969.
Adams earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He obtained a Rockefeller Fellowship of Harvard University, a Doctoral Fellowship of Union Theological Seminary and the Merrill Theological Fellowship of Harvard University.
In 1991 and 1992, Ebony selected Adams as one of the 100 "Most Influential Black Americans".
In 1993, Ebony magazine listed Adams in their list of "The 15 Greatest Black Preachers".