Rev. Joanna Adams, Presbyterian Pastor (Retired) – Chair Emerita

Joanna Adams is a preacher, pastor, and teacher and is known for building bridges of understanding in both the community and in the church.A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, Rev. Adams holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Davidson College, was awarded an Alumni Association Medal of Honor from Emory University and Columbia’s Distinguished Alumni/ae award.A pastor in five Presbyterian churches over the past thirty years, Joanna has also served as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church Foundation, trustee of Agnes Scott College, and chair of the Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary. In 2006, she was named Georgia Woman of the Year and has been featured in Atlanta Magazine as one of the forty-five most loved Atlantans. She has preached at the National Cathedral, the Memorial Church of Harvard University, as well as at many Presbyterian and ecumenical events. She has authored over 30 published articles, sermons, and chapters in books.

Joanna and her husband, attorney Alfred B. Adams, have a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.

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