David L. Adams

Dr. David L. Adams is an associate professor of exegetical theology and coordinator of the International Seminary Exchange Programs at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

His areas of interest and expertise include biblical theology, ancient Near Eastern culture and religion, biblical archaeology and government activity as it relates to religion.

As former director of the Concordia Center for Archaeology, Adams was engaged for several years as a member of the excavation staff at Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel. This area is associated with the place of the battle between David and Goliath.

Before coming to Concordia Seminary, Adams served as executive director of the Office of Government Information for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). As the Washington, D.C., office of the LCMS, Adams helped monitor legislative, judicial and executive branch activity that could have affected the ministry of the church. In that role, he worked to educate the church about issues that shape the society in which we live and serve.

A recipient of the Tyndale Fellowship, Adams holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University (1985). He earned a Master of Divinity (1981) and Master of Sacred Theology (1982) from Concordia Seminary. Adams received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1977), and is a graduate of St. Paul’s College, Concordia, Mo. (1975).

Adams is the co-editor of The Anonymous God (CPH, 2005), a volume of essays on the subject of civil religion and American society. He has prepared study notes and materials on the Psalms and wisdom literature for the forthcoming ESV Archaeology Bible (Crossways, anticipated publication in 2017).
He is currently working on a book on the theology of the presence of God in the Bible.

Adams was assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he taught Hebrew, philosophy, biblical studies and was director of the Pre-Seminary Education Program. He served the church as manager of Microcomputer Services for the LCMS Office of Information Systems. He also has served in the parish ministry as pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Caseyville, Ill., and as vacancy pastor of a number of congregations through the years.
His hobbies include reading, playing the guitar and scuba diving.

Adams and his wife, Lisa, live in St. Louis.


  • Associate professor of exegetical theology


  • Biblical archaeology
  • Government activity in relation to religion


  • Ph.D., Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
  • M.Div., S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • B.A., Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • A.A., St. Paul’s College, Concordia, Mo.


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