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Father Darryl F. James

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Priest

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Pound Cake, Bread Pudding, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Late Spring, Early Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa, Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Grace Is The Place Where All God’s People Are Welcome To Participate In Ministry.$

Birthplace

Born:
7/3/1954
Birth Location:
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Priest

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Pound Cake, Bread Pudding, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Late Spring, Early Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa, Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Grace Is The Place Where All God’s People Are Welcome To Participate In Ministry.$

Birthplace

Born:
7/3/1954
Birth Location:
Bridgeport
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Biography

Father Darryl F. James was born on July 3, 1954 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Laurayne Farrar James and Anthony James, Sr. His family grew up in both Richmond, Virginia and Spring Valley, New York. He earned his B.A. degree from Howard University in 1975, and his M.Div. degree from Yale University in 1979.

Upon graduation from Yale Divinity School, James was assigned to Trinity Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey, where he worked under the tutelage of Dean Dillard Robinson. He was then ordained as a deacon in 1984 at St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s Church, where he was also appointed Assistant for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. In 1985, James was ordained to the priesthood by the Reverend John M. Burgess in Detroit, Michigan. Later that year, James became the rector of the Messiah-St. Bartholomew Church in Chicago, Illinois, where he remained for twenty-one years. James was subsequently named to the Chicago School Board, serving from 1990 to 1995. Also in 1990, he was named the National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians. James then moved to leadership of the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens as Priest-in-Charge in 2007. Three years later, he assumed the role as church rector. A member of the Diocese of Long Island and the Queens community, James also joined the Investment Committee and the Episcopal Health Service Board of Managers, and co-founded the Downtown Jamaica Clergy. He later served as president of the Queens Federation of Churches.

James launched several initiatives at Grace Episcopal Church, including the Bishop Thompson, Jr. Summer Music and Arts Workshop, the annual Father’s Day Men of Valor Luncheon, and the Volunteers Appreciation Dinner, among others. In 2005, James, in partnership with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, assisted Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, Louisiana, providing aid and performing mission work in the region. He also participated in a pilgrimage to Northern India, visiting the Diocese of Mumbai and North India in Delhi. James also sponsored college tours for prospective college students throughout the United States.


Father Darryl F. James was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 13, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Father Darryl F. James' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Father Darryl F. James lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Father Darryl F. James describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Father Darryl F. James talks about his father's education and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Father Darryl F. James remembers Camp Atwater in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Father Darryl F. James remembers Camp Atwater in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Father Darryl F. James describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Father Darryl F. James describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Father Darryl F. James recalls how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Father Darryl F. James describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Father Darryl F. James describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Father Darryl F. James describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Father Darryl F. James talks about the history of the Episcopal church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his early experiences in the Episcopal church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Father Darryl F. James remembers moving to Spring Valley, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Father Darryl F. James remembers his social life in Westchester County, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his time at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Father Darryl F. James remembers his activities at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his training to join the ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his experiences at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his mentors at the Yale Divinity School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Father Darryl F. James remembers the women's liberation movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Father Darryl F. James recalls the development of his ideology at Yale Divinity School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Father Darryl F. James remembers his lay assistantships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Father Darryl F. James remembers Orris G. Walker, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Father Darryl F. James describes the spiritual foundation of his priesthood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Father Darryl F. James talks about the ordination process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Father Darryl F. James describes his ministry in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his challenges in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his challenges in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Father Darryl F. James recalls his decision to leave his congregation in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Father Darryl F. James recall joining the Grace Episcopal Church in Queens, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Father Darryl F. James recall joining the Grace Episcopal Church in Queens, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Father Darryl F. James talks about his duties at the Grace Episcopal Church in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Father Darryl F. James talks about the need for youth in the ministry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Father Darryl F. James talks about his activism through the church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Father Darryl F. James talks about his activism through the church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Father Darryl F. James reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Father Darryl F. James reflects upon life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Father Darryl F. James shares his advice for aspiring African American ministers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Father Darryl F. James narrates his photographs