Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize an
outstanding Man of God, Bishop C. James King, Jr., the Presiding Bishop
of the Fourth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church, which spans the state of Alabama. On Thursday, April 11, 2019,
Bishop King will be the distinguished preacher for the Ecumenical
Service at St. James AME Church located at 1002 Sixth Avenue in
Columbus, Georgia.
Bishop Charles James King, Jr. was born on May 15, 1948, to the union
of the late Mr. Charles James King, Sr. and Mrs. Ruthie Mae
Middlebrooks King. The Columbus, Georgia native is the eldest of 12
children and was reared by his grandparents. He received his Bachelor
of Arts degree in History from Paine College in 1974, his Master of
Divinity degree in the Old Testament from The Interdenominational
Theological Center in 1979, and his Doctor of Ministry degree in
Educational Administration with a special concentration in Program
Development from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1994.
During his career, Bishop King has pastored several congregations
including Murray Memorial CME Church in Georgia; Bunton Institutional
CME Church in Washington, D.C.; Brown Memorial CME Church in Kentucky;
Trinity Church and Murchison Tabernacle CME Church in Indiana; as well
as Peoples Community CME Church, Phillips Memorial CME Church, and St.
Phillips CME Church in Ohio. He has also played a leading role in
several religious and community-based organizations including Presiding
Elder of the Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District in the Ohio-
Central Indiana Region; the Episcopal Director of Faith-Based and
Community-Based Ministries in the Second Episcopal District covering
churches from Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and North
Carolina; and a member and vice chair of The General Board of Personnel
Services for the CME Church, before being elected the 63rd Bishop of
the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 2014.
Bishop King has always been a staunch advocate for helping
economically disadvantaged adolescents and youth. As the President,
CEO, and Founder of Project One, Inc., a faith-based non-profit
corporation, he has helped over 15,000 youth become engaged in
meaningful summer employment and after-school programs. He has also
raised substantial amounts of funding to support youth through Project
One programs like The Annual Summer Jobs Campaign; The Summer Earning
and Enrichment Program; The Fatherhood Program; The Talented and Gifted
Scholars (TAG) Program; and The After School University at the Alice
Lucille Martin Educational Academy. Bishop King is the first C.M.E.
preacher to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for The
Interdenominational Theological Center and has used his position to
raise funds for the growth and expansion of the school.
Madam Speaker, today I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and
me, along with the congregation of St. James AME Church and the more
than 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second Congressional District, in
recognizing and commending a Columbus native son, Bishop C. James King,
Jr., for his outstanding accomplishments in the ministry and his
service to humankind. He is a man of great accomplishment, an
outstanding mentor, and a prominent community leader, but above all, he
is a faithful servant of God.
116th Congress