Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. is the senior pastor of the Beebe Memorial Cathedral (BMC) in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Pressing Reset: When Life Forces You to Start Over Again and Exchange: Trading Your Brokenness for Exceptional Purpose.
As senior pastor of BMC since 2003, Dr. Hames leads one of the fastest growing congregations in the CME church. Under his leadership, BMC has grown from eighty-one members to more than three thousand members, making it one of the premier houses of worship in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Born and raised in hard knock neighborhoods on Chicago’s Southside, Dr. Hames is the second child of Charley Hames Sr. and Leona Elizabeth Steadman-Hames (both deceased).
Over the years, this dedicated servant of God has been honored with opportunities and awards some might have thought unlikely for someone of such humble beginnings. He’s prayed over our country’s congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and been named “Pastor of the Year” by the CME 9th Episcopal District. A true champion of his community, Dr. Hames also serves as chaplain of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., was President of the National Action Network’s Oakland chapter, very recently served as Chairman of the board of the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce, and he has been a proud Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. since 1993. No stranger to the broadcast airwaves, Dr. Hames has been heard across the Bay Area as KBLX’s (102.9 FM) “Voice of Inspiration” for the past fourteen years.