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Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

National Minister

Drum Major Institute


The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. is president of Healing of the Nations Ministries and serves as national minister for the Drum Major Institute. He is the senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational church in New York City. He was the first African American minister to lead the congregation, and he served it for 18 years.

He was the first Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and taught homiletics for 13 years. As a passionate educator, administrator, community and human rights activist, and interfaith leader, Dr. Forbes was twice designated as one of America’s greatest Black preachers by Ebony magazine. The author of several books, Dr. Forbes is also a featured TEDex speaker and a frequent contributor to national media outlets.