Dr. Gwenfair Adams
- Associate Professor of Church History; Faculty Mentor for Women’s Spirituality and Leadership Development
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)
Arts in the Church, Church History
Dr. Adams’ specialties in teaching are focused on Medieval and Reformation studies, with additional interests in the history of worship, spirituality, media, and the arts in the church. She is the daughter of the late Professor Emeritus of Ministry, Dr. Gwyn Walters, who taught homiletics for 36 years at Gordon-Conwell. As Faculty Mentor for Women’s Spirituality and Leadership Development, she works in conjunction with the GCTS Women’s Resource Network to provide opportunities for women to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 of the medieval laity. Dr. Adams is currently researching the 2000-year history of the use of narrative and story in the life of the church. Her other research interests include C. S. Lewis’ approaches to mythology, epistemology and beauty.
Dr. Adams is the designer of Biblical Narrative Spirituality (Story Spirituality), a model of spirituality that can be used in spiritual formation, direction, discipleship and counseling. It engages the Creation-Redemption meta-narrative to provide a framework that shapes the understanding and effective living of one’s life.
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 together explore second-hand bookshops and historical sites, and they both enjoy film discussions and photography.