The Reverend Garth E. Adams is a Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (USA), ordained at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio, on May 21, 2017. He joined Southminster as Transitional Associate Pastor on October 9, 2017. He received his Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May 2015, where he received the James W. Tinsley Award. This honor recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated commitment and perseverance in preparation for congregational ministry.
Garth was born and raised in Dayton. He was educated in the Jefferson Township school system. He then studied at Dartmouth College, where he was first introduced to radio broadcasting. Over the next 30 years, Garth would enjoy a career in the radio industry. In Indianapolis, he worked for almost 10 years at WTLC-FM in a number of on-air and management capacities. In St Louis, his positions included Operations Manager and Program Director. In Dayton, Garth was the Program Director and Community Affairs Director for WROU-FM.
Garth returned back home to Dayton in 2008 in order to be closer to his ailing parents (Benjamin and Sarah) and to pursue his call to the ministry. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Dayton, with a degree in General Science. He minored in both Religious Studies and Leadership in order to prepare for his seminary education at Louisville Seminary.
Trinity Presbyterian Church is Garth’s home church. He was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2010. He currently serves as a member of the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. He has been active in the Presbytery, serving numerous congregations as pulpit supply over the past eight years.
Garth is active in his community. He serves as the public address announcer for Central State Marauder football games, emcee and Public Relations Chair for the African American Wellness Walk, and emcee for the City of Dayton’s Summer Jazz Festival concert series as well as other civic events including the Beautillion Militaire (an annual event that recognizes young male high school graduates from around the Dayton area).
Garth currently serves as a Chaplain for the Kettering Health Network, where he helps train the new chaplains and CPE interns and residents. He is married to DeLynne Adams, owner of DeLynne’s Family Hair Care. They have three adult daughters: Sequoia, Shannon and Sierra.