The following is an article published in the Detroit Free Press on September 30, 2019
After more than 50 years as head of an influential Baptist church in Detroit, the Rev. Charles G. Adams is retiring, church officials announced Monday.
Adams, 82, senior pastor at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, will step down officially on Tuesday and is to be replaced by his son, Rev. Charles C. Adams, who has been helping lead the church for years.
“We thank God for Pastor Adams, who has led this church with Christian love, truth and generosity for more than 50 years," said Thomas R. Williams, chairman of the Dianonate Ministry at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, in a statement. "While we will miss his active leadership, his legacy continues with his son."
Adams is the longest serving pastor in Hartford Memorial's history and only the third pastor of the church, said church officials.
Adams said in a statement: "I wish I had ten thousand tongues to say ‘Thanks be unto God’ and ‘Thank you, Hartford!’”
His advice for his son as he leads the historic Detroit church was: "Love everyone."
Read "A Son Builds on Legacy of Legendary Detroit Pastor's Work" from The Detroit News.