DunnLawrence E. Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Email: ladams@regent.edu

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Dr. Lawrence Adams currently serves as Associate Professor of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach. His course responsibilities include the cornerstone course for M.A. students, "Christian Foundations of Government," and other courses in public theology and international politics. Dr. Adams also serves as a faculty member at the University of Virginia with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, primarily involved in educational consulting for state and local government officials. His current research interests include work on a moral and theological analysis of comparative approaches to world order; and other examinations of moral and political philosophy and theology in contemporary contexts, natural law in historical ethics, the significance of Dogmatic Theology to moral and political reasoning, and religion and international politics.

Prior to joining the Regent faculty, Dr. Adams served as Executive Director of Mars Hill Audio Journal, an educational and publishing ministry engaged in Christian analysis of contemporary culture.  A minister with Orders in the Reformed Episcopal Church, in 2005-06 he also served as Vicar of St. Francis Anglican Church in Blacksburg, VA, and directed studies for St. Augustine's Theological Institute from 2003 - 06.  He holds the BA from the University of Richmond, and the MA and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.   Dr. Adams has over 25 years of research, teaching and administrative experience in the academic community, government, ministry and in the non-profit sector.  He served as Program and Research Director for the Critical Incident Analysis Group at the University of Virginia, and a member of the faculty at UVA, concentrating on homeland security issues and the public impact of terrorism, as well as working on professional education development. 

Dr. Adams also has experience working with state and local government officials on first responder issues through CIAG and through the Weldon Cooper Center at UVA.  He has been Adjunct Professor of Political Science at James Madison University, and from 1993 - 1996 was Associate Professor of Government and Politics at North Park College in Chicago.  From 1989-1993 he was Research Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, DC; from 1986-1987 he served on the staffs of two U.S. House of Representatives Committees: the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on the Budget.  He also served short assignments in the Pentagon and with the CIA.  After completion of his B.A. and prior to undertaking his graduate work, Adams served for six years on the campus ministry staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and is an ordained minister in the Reformed Episcopal Church.   He is the author of works on religion and public life, U.S foreign policy, and security policy, including Going Public: Christian Responsibility in a Divided America (2002), and other books and articles.

Dr. Adams is married to Elizabeth Rector Adams, a professional marriage, family and children's counselor.  They have three adult children and one granddaughter, and live in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Fields of Expertise:

  • Christian Foundations and Public Theology
  • International Politics
  • Comparative Political Systems