We have been blessed to know Dr. Jim W. Adams ('95) as a revered professor at Life Pacific. However, among students, he is affectionately known as “J-Dub.” Biblical Studies major Jordan Gunnet ('16) says, “He invests so intentionally in his students and makes learning (very, very hard things) fun, easy, and memorable. His encouragement during my time as a student helped me strive to be the best I️ could, and lessons I️ learned from him continue to influence my life and ministry today.”
“There’s something special about LPC students that makes it a real privilege to be able to teach them and be with them.” - Dr. Jim W. Adams
When asked about his favorite aspect of working at Life Pacific College, Dr. Adams said, “There’s something special about LPC students that makes it a real privilege to be able to teach them and be with them.” Aside from being an alum of LPC (which was Life Bible College then), Dr. Adams enjoys being able to work with staff and faculty, some of which he had the privilege of being a student under, and others a professor to. Above all, he is especially thankful that he met his wife Audry at Life Bible College while receiving his bachelor's degree. Audry and Jim now have three kids together, with whom he enjoys surfing and skateboarding.
Dr. Adams recieved his M.A. in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Theology with an empasis in Old Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary.
“I was carrying a bag of trash across the parking lot when God said, ‘I’m calling you to teach.’” - Dr. Jim W. Adams
Before continuing his education at APU and Fuller Seminary, and before he ever authored a book and several articles, Dr. Adams worked as a janitor at The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, Ca under Pastor Jack Hayford. He recalls, “I was carrying a bag of trash across the parking lot when God said, ‘I’m calling you to teach.’”
After beginning his M.A. program at APU, Adams was given the opportunity to become a professor at Life Pacific College. Twenty-two years of teaching later, Adams says: “When I was asked to go back [to LPC], I felt like I was coming back home. God led me back home."