The History Of
James Memorial Church Of God In Christ
In 1971, the late Eld. Walter James, Sr., with the assistance of Sis. Mary Tate, founded a mission in the North Beach area of San Francisco, California. The name of the mission was called North Beach Mission. The church location was 575 Francisco Street near Fisherman’s Wharf.
In 1975, Pastor W. James formally joined the Church Of God In Christ and the church was renamed to North Beach Mission Church Of God In Christ. The church prospered at this location and in a few years made a move to another location. In 1978, the church moved to the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco to the address of 900 Cortland Avenue and was renamed to Pathway Mission Church Of God In Christ. The church prospered at this location as well.
In 1987, Pastor W. James petitioned the Bishop of the Northern California First Jurisdiction to resign his position as Pastor and place the church in the hands of his youngest son who had been called into the ministry and ordained in March, 1984. Bishop B.R. Stewart approved the request and installed Eld. Lodgie James as Pastor in January 1988. Pastor Lodgie. James appointed his father as his Assistant Pastor and Advisor. The church relocated to 1470 Shafter Avenue and after extensive remodeling opened its doors in August of 1988.
At the side of Eld. Walter James was his companion of more than 49 years, Mother Dorothy James. Mother James was a loyal wife, devoted mother, and a faithful member of the church. She was a person of great wisdom and an excellent Bible teacher.
In July of 1992, Eld. Walter James was called home from labor to reward. In tribute to his life and ministry, the church was renamed to James Memorial Church Of God In Christ. Mother Dorothy James was called home from labor to reward 15 years later in August of 2007.
At the side of Pastor Lodgie James is his loyal and devoted wife, First-lady, Dr. Mary James. They have been married since September, 1982.