Riverside Church: Dr. James A. Forbes Back As Transitional Pastor
Rev. Dr. James A Forbes, Jr. Pic Odyssey Network
Former Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, the Rev. Dr. James A Forbes, Jr., will return to once again head the historic venue as its newly appointed Transitional Senior Minister and lead his first service in the new position on Sunday, January 12, 10:45 a.m. to noon in the soaring halls of the Church’s Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.
Currently in a period of transition, as Riverside awaits the selection of its next Senior Minister, the Church Council has brought on a Transitional Minister Team comprised of Rev. Forbes and The Rev. Dr. Paul H. Sherry to lead the Church as of January 6, 2014. Rev. Sherry, who was the Director and is currently President of the Board of Interfaith Worker Justice, will serve as the Transitional Operations Minister, overseeing the daily operational and administrative functions of the Church.
Forbes, who was installed as the fifth Senior Minister of Riverside on June 1, 1989 and retired on June 1, 2007, is the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of this multicultural congregation. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America.
In national and international religious circles, he is known as the preacher’s preacher because of his extensive preaching career and his charismatic style. He was recognized by Newsweek in 1996 as one of the 12 “most effective preachers” in the English-speaking world.
DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
TIME: 10:45 A.M. - NOON
PLACE: THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH, 490 RIVERSIDE DRIVE (BET. 120TH & 122ND STS.)