Father Darryl F. James

Father Darryl F. James


Darryl Farrar James graduated from Howard University in 1976 receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and entered the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA to begin his studies in ministry for one year. Father James continued his studies at Yale Divinity School where he received the Master of Divinity Degree in 1979. He was ordained Deacon on June 29, 1984 at St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s in Detroit Michigan under the tutelage of then rector, the late Orris G. Walker, Jr., former Bishop of Long Island.

In 1985, Father James was ordained to the priesthood in Detroit, Michigan by the Right Reverend John M. Burgess, the first African-American diocesan bishop in the United States. He was called to Messiah-St. Bartholomew in Chicago, IL in October 1985 where he was instituted as Rector and served with distinction for more than 20 years.

In 2007, The Rt. Rev., Orris G. Walker, Jr., of the Long Island Diocese assigned Father James to serve as Priest-in-Charge at Grace Episcopal Church, Jamaica, New York. He served in that capacity until 2010 when the Vestry of the Church voted to call him as their Rector to the present, with the expressed permission of the current Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano.

Both his involvement in public service and commitment to social ministry are endless. He was a distinguished member of the Chicago Board of Education (1990-1995), Vice-President for Membership for the Howard University Alumni Association and former National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians (1996-1998).

Father James is President of the Queens Federation of Churches, a member of the Jamaica YWCA Board of Managers, Member of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a member of the Diocese of Long Island Investment Committee and Board of Director for King Manoir.

Father James has traveled extensively throughout the world, He recently took 30 parishioners and friends to South Africa in 2015 where on the final day of their excursion, they had the privilege of having a private audience with former Archbishop Mpilo Desmond Tutu.