John B. Adams



John joined the SCC in mid-summer, 2014. He moved from Columbus, Georgia where he served as Director of the Turner Ministry Resource Center – a division of the Pastoral Institute, another Samaritan Center. John moved from clinician to working with business and industry servicing Employee Assistance Programs. Over the past six years he has worked with both clergy and congregations. He served as a primary writer, teacher and facilitator for the Leadership Coaching program. This initiative invited participants to receive 60 hours of certified Coach training. John also served as a Professional Coach to persons in the region and through the Pastoral Institute’s multi-disciplinary programming.


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Speech Pathology and Dramatic Arts
Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

Masters of Divinity, Family Ministry
Midwestern Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Board Certified Coach – 2012
Center for Credentialing and Education
Greensboro, N.C.

Associate Certified Coach – 2014
International Coach Federation
Lexington, Kentucky

John received his original Coach training and Coach Mentorship through Dr. Suzanne Goebel, PCC – Professional Certified Coach (ICF) of Atlanta. He has also studied and is certified to use the following instruments for personality and corporate culture leadership development. Some instruments address growth in deeper consciousness or personal mindfulness: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the ENNEAGRAM, Prepare/Enrich, PREP, Asset Mapping, and the Healthy Congregations program.


For the past seven years John has served as a Professional Coach. He has worked with Executive Coaching, Life Transition and Clergy Coaching clients. John was one of the chief authors and facilitators of a 60 hour Leadership Coaching program. This was a primary component for persons pursuing nationally recognized Coach Certification and one of the few such programs in the Southeast. He has coached clients representing a wide diversity including differing ages, careers, and ethnic identity, persons from industry and corporate cultures, as well as differing faith backgrounds.

John is also proficient in coaching groups and teams, whether business teams, civic groups, or church staff and lay-leadership.

John is an ordained minister, having served Baptist, Methodist and Disciples of Christ congregations. He also has training in hospital chaplaincy and finished a Pastoral Care Specialist Certificate program in May, 2014. He enjoys working with clergy, parish staff, lay-leaders and denominational staff.

John and his wife, Mary Beth, have two adult children and three grandchildren. He is a novice artist and enjoys gardening and travel.

Office – Hwy #280

For an appointment call 205-967-3660 or 706-616-4444.