Rod Light | January 31, 2020

Headshot of Professor Jim W. AdamsGrowing up in a cult motivates Dr. Jim W. Adams to rightly divide the Scriptures, and to prepare his students at Life Pacific University to fully understand the character and nature of God.

Life Pacific University Professor Jim W. Adams grew up in a church with false teaching and cultish doctrine. When he was 24, he left that church and began a thrilling journey of knowing truth and understanding the message of the Bible and its author.

“Through the grace of God, I began to see more and more clearly the difference between what Scripture said and what the leaders of my childhood church taught,” Jim says. “These experiences have fueled a consistent fire within me to teach the Word of God as accurately as I am able. It is always astounding to me how relevant these experiences are with so many of the students I have interacted with over the years at LPU.”

Jim’s educational journey and search for truth began at the King’s College at The Church on the Way. He then transferred to Life Bible College where he earned a B.A. in Bible with an emphasis in biblical languages in 1995. He began teaching a couple of courses the following spring, some of which had previously been taught by Foursquare legend Sam Middlebrook. “Sam became a spiritual father to me during the last two years of his life and he set me on a course to attend Life and to eventually teach here,” Jim recalls.

A lifelong learner and devoted scholar, Jim earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Theology with an emphasis in Old Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary. His book, The Performative Dimensions of Rhetorical Questions in the Hebrew Bible. Do you not Know? Do you not Hear? (available August 2020) was written primarily for an academic audience. However, he hopes his conclusions will result in every student of the Bible learning to use “proper interpretation of the manifold questions spread throughout all of Scripture.”

Jim’s devotion to study the Scriptures has transformed his view of God and his understanding of the nature and purpose of God’s people. “I truly love to study and learn from Scripture about God, how he does things, and how he interacts with human beings,” he says. “I am constantly amazed by Scripture and its contents and thoroughly enjoy being able to teach others what I am learning.”     

He specializes in hermeneutics, Old Testament studies, theology, Hebrew, and Greek, and is a favorite professor of LPU students. “The main contribution I believe I make is guiding students in learning to love the Word of God and to develop sound, critical skills to interpret Scripture, learning to handle accurately the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15),” he says. 

Teaching at Life Pacific University allows Jim to fully devote himself to study the Bible, his lifelong passion. Additionally, he considers it a privilege to build relationships with LPU students, who he says teach him important lessons about God and about life. “Year after year I am astounded by the students God continues to bring to our University,” he says. 

At the core, Jim believes his teaching of the Bible will prepare students for their future and whatever God has planned for them. He is convinced that by instilling in them a deep love for the Word of God, an ability to accurately interpret the Scriptures, and a desire to teach others, they will not be tossed here and there by waves or carried by every wind of doctrine (Eph. 4:13). That single principle is very important to Jim considering the false teaching he heard as a child.

Jim met Audry Pade when they both were Life students and they married in 1997. They are the parents of Brady (18), Michaela (16) and Parker (12).

Every year, Jim asks the Lord if He wants him to continue teaching Bible at Life Pacific University. So far, to the delight of Jim’s students, God has answered with a resounding, “Yes!” He says, “I truly love my role at LPU and am thankful every day for the gift God has given me to teach here.”

Every undergraduate student at LPU receives a minor in Biblical Studies regardless of major. Students in the school of Theology and Ministry can earn a B.A. in Biblical Studies, Tranformational Ministry, or Worship Arts & Media. Graduate students may earn an M.A. in Theological Studies. Are you interested in learning more? Click here to request info.