THE PASSING OF DR. KENNETH Q. JAMES, OUR BELOVED EDITOR OF CHURCH SCHOOL LITERATURE OF THE A.M.E. ZION CHURCH
With hearts filled with sadness, the Christian Education Department of our great Zion announce the passing of our beloved and gifted Editor of Church School Literature, Dr. Kenneth Q. James, who transitioned on April 1, 2020 at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I met Dr. James at the Mother A. M. E. Zion Church in 1969. Dr. James was a young personable and gifted high school student. His mother, uncle, grandparents and I became dear friends, and we enjoyed a friendship which lasted many years, until their death. Dr. James was an active member in all of the ministries of the Mother Zion Junior Church and served as an officer of the District and New York Conference Christian Education Departments.
Dr. James used his gifts to bless, encourage, and inspire so many youth, young adults and adults alike. He was an individual of exceptional warmth and wisdom whose natural abilities of leadership inspired and enlivened those under his purview to their finest achievements. Accordingly, when appointed General Secretary of Christian Education by the A.M.E. Zion Board of Bishops, following the death of Dr. Kathryn G. Brown, I asked this gifted gentleman and faithful Son of Zion, if he would serve as our Editor of Church School Literature. He consented, without hesitation. As a result of his service, the Church School Herald has become the most ‘read’ literary publication in Zion.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Mary A. Love as Church School Editor, we did a denominational search with the hope that we could identify someone half as gifted as Dr. Love; however, God sent us someone who had worked with Dr. Love who could walk in her shoes and pick up the mantle to expand her dream and vision.
A brilliant, but humble individual, we know Dr. James’ spirit lives within us and will continue to glow with the brilliance he manifested while among us.
A committed pastor, a dedicated and passionate father, a loving and grandfather, and a wonderful sibling to his brother and sister, Dr. James took such delight in joining his brother, Maurice, in giving his niece, Janell’s, hand in marriage on October 12, 2019.
A prolific author of many books, Dr. James was an honor graduate of Clinton College, Livingstone College, and Hood Theological Seminary, where he received his doctorate degree. At the time of his death, Dr. James was a Trustee at Clinton College in Rockhill, South Carolina.
As Dr. James honored us with his life, let us honor him within our hearts and minds.
Dr. Brenda L.G. Smith, Ed.D, LHD
Christian Education Department, A.M.E. Zion Church