Dr. Richard Adams, beloved pastor, evangelist and denominational executive died unexpectedly at his home in Nashville on March 2, 2012 at the age of 72. Dr. Adams was born in Erwin, Tennessee and lived there until leaving to attend Free Will Baptist Bible College, graduating in 1966. He and his wife Carolyn (deceased) served churches in Kannapolis, NC and Elizabethton, TN before moving to Nashville in 1990 when Richard became Director of Development with Free Will Baptist Home Missions North America. Richard and Carolyn had two children, James Mark Adams (deceased) and Bethany Adams Walser. Bethany is married to Randy Walser employee of Randall House Publications and they have one daughter Alana Karel (Loni) Walser.
A memorial service was held in Nashville at the Cofer’s Chapel FWB Church on March 4 and the funeral was held March 5 in Elizabethton at the Eastside FWB Church where Dr. Adams was the pastor for twenty years. While working with Home Missions, Dr. Adams worked tirelessly to establish the Church Extension Loan Fund (CELF) and upon retirement the board named a one million dollar endowment "The Richard and Carolyn Adams Endowment" in their honor. This money was raised by Dr. Adams through the "Build My Church Campaign."