Southern Seminary chef dies of heart attack

Communications Staff — September 8, 2006

Brian Adams, executive sous chef at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died suddenly of a heart attack Sept. 2 at age 36.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Seminary, recognized Adams and his work at Southern during a chapel service, Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“Brian Adams was known to most of us as ‘Chef Brian,’” Mohler said. “He was one who gave himself so that we might enjoy so much on this campus.

“Most of us do not feel as if death is right around the corner. I‘m sure Brian didn’t. It is just the nature of the case that in our comings and goings and doing what we do — studying and teaching and all the rest — that we can walk right past someone whose service makes this institution possible. We can be unaware of the fact that we must be praying for people like Brian and their families as well. A sad and tragic interruption like this certainly brings that to our attention like nothing else can.”

Adams’ funeral was held Wednesday, Sept. 6 on the seminary campus. Adams had worked in the dining services department at Southern since Nov. 29, 2004.

Adams was born in Louisville on Aug. 30, 1970, and was a member of Ormsby Heights Baptist Church. He was survived by his wife, Starr; 11-year-old daughter, Morgen; and 9-year-old son, Zachary.

Mohler recognized the grief the family members were experiencing, while also pointing to the hope that comes with the knowledge of Brian’s belief in Christ.

“Can you imagine the grief of a wife and mother, and two precious young children discovering that their father and husband is all of the sudden gone?” he said.

“That grief goes beyond anything that can be spoken or understood. However, we should be thankful this morning that Brian Adams was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, even this conversation we are having now is of a completely different sort than were it otherwise. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope.”

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