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Reverend Calvin O. Pressley

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
If You Live Right, Heaven Belongs To You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1937
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
If You Live Right, Heaven Belongs To You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1937
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

The Reverend Calvin Oliver Pressley was born in New York City on November 10, 1937. The third of six children born to a teacher and a railroad worker, Pressley had relocated to South Carolina with his family by the time he graduated from high school in 1954. Pressley went on to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1959, and then to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, for his M.Div. degree in 1962.

Pressley began his career in 1967 working as the executive director of Opportunities Industrialization Center of New York, where employment training was provided. During this time, Pressley also worked on the Committee Against Poverty during the War on Poverty. In 1978, he went to the New York City Mission Society (NYCMS), one of the city’s oldest charities, where he took the role of executive director. The NYCMS provides outreach programs and support to at-risk youth and families. Following his departure from NYCMS in 1991, Pressley took over as executive director of the Institute of Church Administration and Management at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. The center provides management education for theological students and offers assistance to the denominations nationwide that comprise the Congress of National Black Churches.

Pressley was also director of the United Methodist City Society, which is a leader in urban ministry and aid. Pressley was a trustee of the City University of New York, chairman of the New York City Youth Board and a twenty-year member of the Congress of National Black Churches. He strived to instill a spirit of philanthropy in others and encouraged congregation members to support their churches. Pressley also stood against President George W. Bush’s plan to give tax dollars to churches for the purpose of running social services.

Pressley passed away on September 21, 2007 at the age of 69, leaving behind his wife, Ioma.

Pressley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 15, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Calvin O. Pressley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes how his parents met and his father's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his father moving to New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his parents' early life in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley shares his earliest childhood memory of growing up in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his personality as a little boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about an influential teacher in elementary school at P.S. 24
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about how his childhood neighborhood in New York, New York has changed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes two elementary school teachers at P.S.24, Mr. Williams and Ms. Harris,
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley recalls his visits to rural South Carolina during the summer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes going to James Fenimore Cooper Junior High School in New York, New York and being sent to rural South Carolina for two years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about being raised in the United Methodist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his extracurricular activities during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his experience with, and the history of, the United Methodist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes living with his maternal grandparents, Calvin Cooper and Carie L. Cooper, in rural South Carolina as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about his plans after high school and his older brother, George Pressley, attending Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his activities leading up to attending college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his experience at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about studying philosophy at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about interning and then being admitted to seminary school at Drew University in Madison, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley explains his decision to marry Iona Pressley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about seminary school at Drew University in Madison New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes the courses he took at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his clinical training at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley shares the lessons he learned during clinicals in seminary school at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his church placements during seminary school and introducing HistoryMaker Carl McCall to Reverend Dr. William James
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley recalls returning to Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church as a third associate pastor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about how his parents, George Washington Pressley and Pansy Cooper Pressley, felt about him being a pastor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes becoming the first Methodist pastor at the Church of the Open Door in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes pastoring the Church of the Open Door in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley recalls why he left the Church of the Open Door in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley shares the history of the New York City Mission Society in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley shares the support that the New York Mission Society was receive from the Neighborhood Youth Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes the New York City Mission Society and starting Opportunities Industrialization Centers [OIC] in New York City with HistoryMaker Carl McCall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan, who began Opportunities Industrialization Centers [OIC] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes HistoryMaker Carl McCall's involvement in starting Opportunities Industrialization Centers [OIC] in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes the growth of Opportunities Industrialization Centers [OIC] in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley lists other organizations with work similar to Opportunities Industrialization Centers [OIC] in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes the training component of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about meeting corporate leaders through Opportunities Industrialization Centers [OIC]
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about HistoryMaker Vernon Jordan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes volunteering as a pastor at Bushwick United Methodist in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes leaving Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) to become Executive Director of the New York City Mission Society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about the board of the New York City Mission Society and managing the Society's camp properties
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about raising funds, and the programs at the New York City Mission Society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley reflects on how communities and issues have changed since the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about leaving the New York City Mission Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley explains what ICAM (Institute of Church Administration and Management) is and how he began working with it
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes ICAM (Institute of Church Administration and Management), the clergy training program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about joining the United Methodist City Society in New York, New York and problems facing the Methodist church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley shares his thoughts about what training is critical in seminary school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about social activism in the church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley considers what he would have done differently in his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about the history of the Boule
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley talks about what it means to be a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, also known as the Boule
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley reflects upon the Boule's legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin O. Pressley narrates his photographs