Rev. Dr. William M. James: Remembering Harlem church, community leader

Rev. Dr. William M. James: Remembering Harlem church, community leader

2/7/2013

Anthony Shipley was an elementary school student in Harlem when he met the Rev. William “Bill” Marcus James and, Shipley recalled, James “decided I should have a better life than I was having.”

Decades later, Shipley, a retired United Methodist pastor in Detroit, is still grateful to the mentor who not only made it possible for him to attend college and embark upon a ministerial career, but also guided, by Shipley’s estimation, some 400 other youth into higher education and meaningful lives.

Now, the 73-year-old is planning a Feb. 23 memorial service for James, a retired clergy member of the New York Annual (regional) Conference, who died Jan. 18 at the age of 97. The service will be at 10 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church at 129th Street (Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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