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Pastor Dunbar is a devoted husband and friend to Lakesha C. Dunbar. With this union, God has blessed them with two wonderful boys: Joshua, a Scholarship student at Paine College and Josiah, a high schooler. He also has had the opportunity to mentor from his household, Charles Dodd whom he considers to be his son as well, a college student at Forsyth Technical Community College. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and he serves many at-risk youth as a mentor, as a tutor, and as a father/big brother figure.
While in Denver, he served faithfully at Rising Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Jules E. Smith. In North Carolina, Pastor Dunbar served as Youth Minister at St. John CME Church under the leadership of his father-in-ministry, Bishop Bobby R. Best and under the leadership of Dr. Moses V. Goldmon. On July 19, 2009, Pastor Dunbar was appointed to his first church as Pastor of Young Laymen Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) in Greenville, South Carolina. On August 17, 2014, he became the Pastor of Greater Cleaves Memorial CME Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Though Pastor Dunbar has had many achievements, his greatest reward is in knowing that he is born again. If there is one thing that he would want you to know about him, he would simply tell you that he is a child of God.
analyst to sales and management associate for a local cemetery. He also served in the WSFCS system in several positions; his main focus as a home-school coordinator and mentor.
Since being in ministry, he has received recognition by being appointed to lead position on several Boards and Committees within the communities he serves. He served as the Director for Ministry To Men (Carolina Region Annual Conference). Along with being the Pastor, he currently serves as the Presiding Elder of the Oklahoma City District – Oklahoma Region (of the Ninth Episcopal District). He also serves as member of the Trustee Board for the OKC District. He has a deep love for all humanity and works hard to improve the lives of others he encounter.
After working in the corporate world for some time, Reverend Dunbar took on the challenge to further his educational studies at Wake Forest University Divinity School and Hood Theological Seminary. He received his M.Div. degree from Hood and is seeking to pursue a Doctorate in Ministry.
Pastor James L. Dunbar,
Presiding Elder, Oklahoma City CME District
Pastor James L. Dunbar was born to Joan Demery and to (the late) Henry L. Dunbar on December 28 in Jacksonville, Florida. Educated in the Duval County Public School system, he graduated at the age of 17 from N.B. Forrest Senior High School. He embraced the challenge of a higher education and enrolled at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida where he would graduate four years later in 1996 with a B.S., in Computer Information Systems (Minor in Business).
In 1999, he responded to the voice of God and yielded to the cal of ministry. In 2003, he was ordained Deacon and 2006 as an Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2011, Dunbar was admitted in Full Connection in the Church.
Pastor Dunbar has since worked in the corporate world in several cities (from Florida to Denver, Colorado; from Atlanta, Georgia to the Carolinas) undertaking many different projects from Internet specialist and systems
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