For over 45 years Dr. Jay Adams has been calling God’s people back from their dalliance with unbiblical psychological theory to a renewed confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit and the sufficiency of God’s Word to equip the man of God to help his people with problems of living and relationship. Happily, many have heeded his call and over the years a movement, both deep and wide, has developed, consisting of pastors and other Christian workers who have been trained in and are practicing the kind of truly biblical counseling God intended for His people to receive.

Jay Edward Adams was born in Baltimore on January 30, 1929 and was born again about 15 years later as a result of reading of a New Testament that was given to him by a friend. He received his formal training at Reformed Episcopal Seminary (B.D.), Johns Hopkins University (A.B.), Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary, Temple University School of Theology (M.ST.), and the University of Missouri (Ph.D.). He pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, served as a denominational official, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the director of the Doctoral program at Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and then as a church planting pastor in South Carolina. He was also the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and the Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

In 1999 Dr. Adams retired from the pastorate of the church he had planted in South Carolina and has devoted his time to writing and lecturing. In the fall of 2001 the Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute (RBCTI) was established at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC to provide a vehicle by which Dr. Adams could continue teaching and training Biblical/Nouthetic counselors.

When word got out that Dr. Adams was lecturing regularly again we began to get requests for tapes and inquiries about studying by extension. While many of the lectures Dr. Adams has given over the years are available from a variety of sources we have concluded that it would be a blessing to God’s people if we could make a quality, structured, course of video study available for those who desire to be better equipped to minister the Word of God. Thus INS was born.

While health problems have restricted Dr. Adams’ ability to travel we are thankful that computer technology and the internet allow him to continue to teach, write, blog, and minister to God's people from his home in rural South Carolina.

Dr. Adams is the author of Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor's Manual, Theology of Counseling, Christian Living in the Home, How to Help People Change, Handbook of Church Discipline, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible, and over 100 other books dealing with counseling, preaching, theology, and pastoral ministry. Dr. Adams has produced his own original translation of the Greek New Testament which is available as The Christian Counselor's New Testament and The Christian Counselor's Commentary, a commentary on the entire New Testamant and Proverbs.

Dr. Adams and his wife, Betty Jane, live is the upstate of South Carolina halfway between the the sleepy little towns of Woodruff and Enoree. They have four adopted children, eleven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and a dog named "Little Bit."


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