Jay Adams


Long-term mission volunteer in Germany
Serving at Black Forest Academy

Contact: Jay Adams (jay.adams@pcusa.org)

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Jay and Nancy occasionally return to the U.S. and are available to visit congregations. Email them to extend an invitation to visit your congregation or organization.

About Jay Adams’ ministry

Jay Adams serves in partnership with Black Forest Academy (BFA) in Kandern, Germany. Black Forest Academy is an inter-mission boarding school that serves over 350 children of missionaries, who serve in over 50 countries around the world with more than 30 mission agencies. Jay serves on the Member Care Team as a chaplain to BFA staff members, including administrators, teachers, and residence life and support personnel.

Over the past 20 years, Jay has played a variety of roles at BFA. He has served on the senior leadership team as director of personnel, as junior varsity basketball coach and as a Bible teacher. In addition, Jay has initiated and led seven trips with BFA students to Romania to build homes and schools for Roma people.

Jay’s wife Nancy was also a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) long term volunteer and currently volunteers with Jay in Member Care. Previously, Nancy was the head librarian at BFA and taught English for grades 9-12.

Together, Jay and Nancy have been class sponsors and substitute dorm parents. They have also led eight evangelistic English camps as Christian outreach to teens in Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.

About Jay and Nancy Adams

Jay and Nancy began their work at Black Forest Academy in 1992 and came under appointment as PC(USA) mission personnel in 1995.

Jay and Nancy are members of Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, Minnesota, where they taught Sunday school, led Bible studies, worked with international students and were active in family ministry before moving to Germany. At Hope Presbyterian, the couple led “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement,“ a course that Jay also taught to high school students at Black Forest Academy. Nancy led “Search the Scriptures” for the women of Hope Presbyterian Church and participated in the International Women’s Ministry, primarily on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Jay and Nancy both graduated from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, where they were involved in the campus chapter of The Navigators, an international interdenominational Christian ministry. Jay received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Nancy received a Bachelor of Science in English. Jay also has a Master of Theological Studies from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to leaving for Germany, Jay was president of Frontier Medical Inc. in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

The Adamses are the parents of four married children and delight in spending time (via Skype, telephone or face-to-face) with their nine grandchildren.


Jay – November 22

Nancy – November