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Bishop William Morgan James
Bishop William James was certainly one of this generation’s commissioned, filling his mandate to lead God’s people in the power and praise of the Latter Rain. His life of consistent consecrated and caring service reflects spiritual depth. For more than fifty-eight years he emitted bright beacons of hope to penetrate spiritural darkness. Licensed to preach at the age of fifteen and ordained at seventeen, he matured into a leader, “…in favor with God and man.” This maturity had been acquired in the storms and struggles of life coupled with a love for God and His word. The fires of affliction drove him to his knees and transformed him into a Trophy of God’s precious grace, and a leader among leaders.
His lovely wife Annette, supported him prayerfully and enthusiastically. Together they reared eight children. The unique call of God upon the life of Bishop James provides for us a bright legacy upon which we can build and progress because it is rooted in eternal truth and the finished work of Calvary.
Licensed to preach at 15 - Ordained at 17 years of age
1948 Established St. James Church of God in Christ, Boston, MAAppointed first State Secretary of Connecticut under Bishop C.H. Bewer.
1950 First Pastorate in Willard, Ohio
1952 Appointed District Superintendent Cincinnati and Dayton District Churches of God in Christ.
Appointed Pastor of North Toledo Church of God in Christ, then later became St. James Holiness Church of God in Christ which is now The Armory Church.
1955 Appointed Pastor of James Temple Church of God in Christ Cinncinnati, Ohio.
1959 Given the Ministry of “The Latter Rain”.
1963 Appointed Chairman of the Elders Council of Ohio North Churches of God in ChristBecame Pastor of Greater St. James Church of God in Christ in Fremont, Ohio.
1965 Appointed Executive Secretary International Youth Congress Churches of God in Christ.
1968 Appointed Treasurer International Youth Congress Churches of God in Christ.
1970 Appointed Assistant Bishop Ohio North Churches of God in Christ.
1971 Appointed Assistant Vice President of International Youth Congress Churches of God in Christ.
1972 Appointed President of International Youth Congress Churches of God in Christ.
1988 Consecrate Bishop of Ohio North Jurisdiction #1 Churches of God in Christ.
1993 The William James Bible Institute was conceived.
1995 The William James Bible Institute graduated its first class.
1999 Appointed to the General Board of the Churches of God in Christ.