Rev. Courtney L. Adams

“My message and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4


Pastor Courtney L. Adams is an influential mentor, innovative leader, prolific teacher and passionate preacher. Courageous, Relevant, Powerful, and Anointed are just a few characteristics to describe Pastor Courtney. Pastor Courtney most recently served as the Senior Pastor of two vibrant ministries Denmark & Jones Chapel CME Church located in Denmark and Mercer Tennessee, offering one dynamic word in two locations! Pastor Adams is one of the first Pastors in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to hold its primary worship services on Saturdays where he established a culture of excellence through contemporary worship, relevant preaching, practical teaching and student engagement while also serving as the Assistant Chaplain at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Pastor Courtney is an ordained Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.


His love for the Word of God and God’s people is often exemplified in his personal walk, charismatic preaching and his heart for ministry! Receiving Christ into his heart at an early age of 8, He has continued operating in kingdom work, and has grown to be a monumental voice to his generation, one who has often been called a young man with an old spirit. As a CME Pastor and servant-leader, Pastor Courtney has served in the Carolina Region of the CME Church holding numerous annual conference positions and has most recently served in the 1st Episcopal District under the visionary leadership of Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr.


In 2012 Pastor Courtney Co-founded Y.K.P (Young Kingdom Proclaimers). Y.K.P is an ecumenical outreach ministry that focuses on the development of kingdom character in youth and young adults. This ministry is an outgrowth of Pastor Adams Love for God’s people, his charge to help meet the spiritual, social and vocational needs of our youth and young adults. This ministry focuses on reaching the lost and un-churched as well restoring and renewing African American boys in our communities.


At the 145th Session of the Carolina Region Annual Conference Pastor Adams was transferred from the 1st Episcopal District and was appointed by Bishop James B. Walker to serve as the Pastor of the Historic Israel Metropolitan CME Church “The Chosen Church of the Upstate” located in Greenville, SC where they are making disciples, transforming lives, and changing the world! Pastor Courtney believes in community empowerment and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for YMCA Judson and Greenville Communities in School.   


Pastor Courtney is married to the most lovely, Lady Shalonda R. Adams. Together they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters Jayden, Skylar and baby Chloe, who they are raising in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.