Rev. Adrian Backus
Director of Church Partnerships and Community Outreach
Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
Adrian Backus JD, MDiv, has more than thirty (30) years of experience as an executive in educational and religious institutions, international assistance programs, and industry. Rev. Backus holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law, and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He currently serves as director for partnership development and outreach for the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN).
Additionally, he served for 15 years as Princeton Theological Seminary’s first vice president for information technology. Before that, he served as director of institutional research and strategic planning as well as assistant director for student advisement. In 2003-2005, during his vice presidency, Adrian also served as interim pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey with a focused ministry on congregational care and ministerial outreach. In 2013 and 2015, Mr. Backus lectured and led workshops on estate planning and church giving for the CME Church Ninth Episcopal District Mid-Winter Councils. From 2014-2016, Mr. Backus served as assistant dean for the Rutgers University higher education prison degree-granting program in nine prisons throughout New Jersey.
His other experiences include serving as general counsel for an information technology company and as a U.S. Department of State diplomatic escort officer and country director in Rwanda and Senegal Africa for Africare. Rev. Adrian Backus is married to Abiola. Their children and grandchildren include his daughter, Sikira, husband Sidiki; two grandsons, Cody and Maddox, and one granddaughter, Jocelyn Eliana; his son, Joel, and grandson Jeremiah, and his daughter, Adria Joi.
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