Adams grew up in central Florida and moved to Mountain Brook during high school. After graduating Mountain Brook High School in 1970 he attended Western Carolina University. He dropped out to work as a custom home builder for four years in Raliegh, then moved back to Birmingham's Southside and enrolled in UAB. His education continued at the University of Texas at Arlington and then he joined the Peace Corps, serving in Chile. He was released from his service early and returned to Birmingham where chance brought him to a groundskeeping job at Southeastern Bible College. He enrolled as a student there and was elected president of his freshman class. He also served as chaplain for South Haven Nursing Home in Hoover.
In 1982 Adams bought a one way ticket to Israel, joined a kibbutz and converted to Judaism with the goal of serving in the Israeli Defense Force. He married an Israeli and opened a cabinet shop and received dual citizenship. He served for two years in the IDF and, after his release, moved his family back to Birmingham in 1990.
He and his wife divorced in 2002 and she returned to Israel with their two daughters. The oldest remains there and will soon enter the IDF. The younger daughter, Emma, is a junior at Vestavia Hills High School. In 2003 he played minor roles in two Park Players productions and has also appeared in two short films directed by Sam Frazier, Jr.
After losing much of the sight in his right eye to Coats' disease, he contemplated a career change. After researching the position and deciding that he was more than qualified, he ran in the 2006 Republican primary for the party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor. He finished last in the primary with 2.87% of the vote. He endorsed George Wallace, Jr in the runoff.
- Bouma, Katherine. (May 8, 2006) "Ex-Israel resident's story has new chapter in run for office." Birmingham News.