The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Q. James is a native of New York City. He is the second son of three children born to the late Earl M. and the late Joan E. James. Reverend James was educated in the New York City public schools, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx, New York.
Pastor James is a graduate of Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1978 as the Valedictorian of the class; Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, from which he graduated in 1980 with honors; and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina, from which he graduated in 1984. Dr. James earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury in May, 2006.
Pastor James accepted Christ as his Savior as a youth. He received his early Christian nurture in the Mother A.M.E. Zion Church in New York City. He answered the call to the Christian ministry in 1975. He was ordained to the ministry by the late Bishop Herbert Bell Shaw, and was ordained an Elder in the A.M.E. Zion Church by the late Bishop Ruben L. Speaks in 1984. He has served as pastor of Pierce Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Clarkton, North Carolina, Blackwell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Jamestown, New York, Bailey Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church in Buffalo, New York (which he organized in 1987), Duryee Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Schenectady, New York, and currently, Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Rochester, New York.
Dr. James is the Director of Evangelism for the Western New York Annual Conference, and Secretary of the Western New York Annual Conference. Dr. James is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching at Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. He keeps busy with fulfilling the many invitations he receives to preach and teach.
He has an adopted son, Frank, and two granddaughters, Ajaya and Ajanae Guzman.