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Bishop John Hurst Adams
Sunrise November 27, 1927 - Sunset January 10, 2018
I greet you in the marvelous name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2016814601-300x0On behalf of myself, First Lady Pamela J. Sembly, and the Officers and Members of Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, it is with great sadness that I have received the announcement of the passing from Labor to Reward this great man of God – Bishop John Hurst Adams, 87th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of The African Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop John Hurst Adams was an outstanding African Methodist Episcopal world-wide ecumenical leader, teacher and prophetic visionary.

We thank God for Bishop John Hurst Adams’ life and witness over these many decades of service. I personally received my Pastoral Appointment to Union Bethel by Bishop John Hurst Adams in 1984 during the Second Episcopal District Mid-Year Conference at Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond, Virginia. Oh, what a day as this and shall always be marked and remembered in my book of life!

As we mourn Bishop John Hurst Adams’ transition, we recognize and remember his invaluable contributions to the Body of Christ. He will be remembered as one of the great ecumenical leaders, not only in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, but throughout the connectional world.
To Dr. Dolly Deselle Adams and family, may we take this opportunity to convey our sincere love, empathy, earnest prayers and condolences. Be comforted and strengthened by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He promises that grand and glorious day of reunion, glorious resurrection, and ultimate hope.

As written by The Rt. Rev. Richard Allen, 1793: Our good friend who has gone to heaven before us, shall be “welcomed into the company of patriarchs, prophets, apostles and martyrs, and be introduced into an intimate acquaintance with angels and archangels; and all the courtiers of heaven shall call him brethren, and bid him welcome to his Master’s joy. And, he shall be received into their glorious society with all the tender endearments and caresses of those heavenly lovers. What a mighty addition to happiness in Paradise will this be!”

In His Service,
The Reverend Charles T. Sembly, Pastor
Union Bethel AME Church, Randallstown, MD

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