David L. Adams

Dr. David L. Adams is an associate professor of exegetical theology and secretary of the faculty at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. In addition to teaching courses in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament, Dr. Adams has also served the Seminary in the past as director of educational technology, working with the faculty to promote and encourage the use of technology-based tools to enhance instruction. He currently heads up the Seminary’s efforts in the area of Biblical archaeology as director of the newly-created Concordia Center for Archaeology, and in this capacity he has been engaged for several years as a member of the excavation staff at Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel (associated with the place of the battle between David and Goliath).

Before coming to Concordia Seminary, Dr. Adams served as executive director of the Office of Government Information of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As the Washington office of the LCMS, the Office of Government Information monitored legislative, judicial, and executive branch activity that may affect the ministry of the church and worked to educate the church about issues that shape the society in which we live and serve.

Dr. Adams is the co-editor of a volume of essays on the subject of civil religion and American society entitled The Anonymous God (CPH, 2005).

Raised in Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Adams is a graduate of St. Paul’s College (Concordia, Mo.), Concordia Senior College (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. (M.Div. and S.T.M.). A recipient of the Tyndale Fellowship, Dr. Adams holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England (thesis title: “Deus Praesens: The Present God in the Patriarchal Narratives”).

Prior to joining the Office of Government Information, Dr. Adams was assistant professor of Religion and Philosophy at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he taught Hebrew, philosophy, and biblical studies, and was director of the Pre-Seminary Education Program. Previously he served the church as Manager of Microcomputer Services for the LCMS Office of Information Systems. He has also 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 are reading, playing the guitar, and scuba diving. Dr. Adams and his wife, Lisa, currently live in St. Louis, Mo.

Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology


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

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7144
Email: adamsd@csl.edu

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