Scott Adam, former filmmaker, killed by Somali pirates

The missionary was a former producer, assistant director

Former assistant director, unit production manager and producer Scott Adam was one of the four Christian missionaries killed by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, Feb. 22, after their yacht was hijacked on Friday. He was 70.

Adam worked in film and TV during the 1970s and ’80s. He was assistant director on a number of episodes of “McCloud,” “The Love Boat” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”; production manager on 1985 feature “The Goonies”; associate producer on a 1991 TV remake of Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt”; and UPM-associate producer on Arthur Penn’s 1993 telepic “The Portrait,” starring Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall.

Prof. Richard Peace of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena told the L.A. Times that after a high-stress life as a filmmaker, Adam had had a “mystical experience” that called him to the ministry.

The Chicago native entered the seminary in 1996. Adam mulled the possibility of becoming ordained as a priest, but instead, Peace said, his missionary work eventually became tied to his sailing. He and his wife Jean, who was also killed (she was 66), would sail around the world, handing out Bibles in exotic places.

Eventually returning to Fuller Theological Seminary, Adam drew on his professional experience as a filmmaker to teach a course he developed called “Ministry and Media,” described in the FTS course catalog as exploring the “theological and practical dimensions of the use of media in ministry.”

Both of the Adamses leave children from former marriages.

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