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Dr. Gwenfair Adams

  • Associate Professor of Church History; Director of Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • B.A. (Wellesley College)
  • M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • Ph.D. (Cambridge University, England)


  • Visions in Late Medieval England: Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith (E.J. Brill, 2007)
  • “Bay Psalm Book” “Anne Bradstreet,” “Cane Ridge Revival,” “Mary Dyer,” “Elisabeth Elliot,” “Anne Hutchinson,” “Ann Judson,” “Flannery O’Connor,” “Harriet Beecher Stowe,” “Phillis Wheatley,” “George Whitefield,” and “Wordless Book” in George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, eds., Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2015)
  • ChurchHistoryMatters.com – Website Launched Summer, 2015.
  • Becoming Bright and Beautiful: A Meditation on 2 Corinthians 3:18”, Contact (Summer, 2014), 12-14.


Church History; Christian Spirituality


Dr. Adams’ specialties in Church History are focused on Medieval and Reformation studies. She has a special interest in the historical arc from late medieval Catholic England to Puritan New England.

As the Director of the Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation, Dr. Adams teaches courses in the history and practice of Christian spirituality. Her interests are focused in the history of worship and the arts in the church. She is also the designer of LifeStory Exegesis (Story Spirituality™)—a model of spirituality that can be used in spiritual formation, direction, discipleship and counseling. Bringing together theology, historiography, and literary theory, it engages the structure of the Creation-Redemption meta-narrative to provide a framework that shapes the understanding and effective living of one’s life.

Her book, Visions in Late Medieval England: Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith (E.J. Brill, 2007) explores the impact of visionary accounts in sermons, saints’ legends and religious instruction manuals on the worldview and piety of the medieval laity. Her current project is the Romans 1-8 volume in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series (Intervarsity Press; projected for 2017). She has additional research interests in C. S. Lewis, mythology, and epistemology.

She is the daughter of the late Professor Emeritus of Ministry, Dr. Gwyn Walters, who taught homiletics for 36 years at Gordon-Conwell. A Presbyterian since childhood, she is happily married to Kevin Adams, the senior pastor at East Baptist Church in Lynn, a welcoming, urban, multi-national church. She and Kevin enjoy discussing films and exploring second-hand bookshops and historical sites.