Richard Adams

Shad Thames, Southwark

Richard Adams was a clergyman in the Church of England, Vicar of Humberstone, Leicestershire, in 1661. He had been trained for the ministry by the great anti-paedobaptist John Tombes. When he adopted a full-blown Baptist position is not known. The church he represented at the General Assembly, Shad Thames, was actually a General (Arminian) Baptist church. Adams was unable to persuade them to join with the Particular Baptists, and was called to serve as co-pastor with William Kiffin at Devonshire Square, which church they both represented in 1692. Both he and Kiffin signed the letter inviting churches to send representatives to the 1689 General Assembly. He died in 1716.