Distinguished African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Bishop, minister and educator, John Hurst Adams was born November 27, 1927 in Columbia, South Carolina to Charity Nash Adams, a loving homemaker and Reverend Eugene Avery Adams, an A.M.E. minister and educator.
Adams graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia, South Carolina and in 1947 earned an A.B. degree in history from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Subsequently, he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1952 and 1956, respectively.
also studied at Harvard University and Union Theological Seminary
, as well.