James Forbes

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The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., "is the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, an interdenominational, interracial, and international church built as a result of the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1927. The 2,400-member church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ. Known as the "preacher's preacher" in national and international religious circles, this pastor, educator, administrator, community activist, and interfaith leader was designated as one of America's greatest Black preachers by Ebony Magazine in 1984 and 1993. In 1995 he emerged in the Baylor University Survey as one of twelve remarkable and most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. From 1992 to the present, Dr. Forbes has been co-chair of A Partnership of Faith, an interfaith organization of clergy among New York's Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities. He is a consultant to the Congress of National Black Churches and past President of The Martin Luther King Fellows." [1]

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  1. James Forbes, Interfaith Alliance, accessed August 10, 2007.