James A. Forbes, Jr., is the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of The Riverside Church. He has earned three degrees and has been awarded 10 honorary degrees. From 1985-1989 he was Union Theological Seminary’s first Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching. Dr. Forbes also serves on the Core Teaching Staff at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. A well-known preacher and lecturer in the United States and abroad, in 1986 Dr. Forbes gave the Lyman Beecher Lecture at Yale University. In 1998 he completed a semester as the inaugural Luce Lecturer at the Harvard Divinity School, devoting his lectures to the theme of the urban ministry. His sermons are aired weekly on WLTW 106.7 FM in New York City.