The Annual Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3 PM at St Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Avenue, Chambersburg.

The service, which celebrates the ongoing spiritual impact of Dr. King’s life and ministry, will be led by clergy and laity from the community. The speaker will be Dr. Terrence A. James, Research Consultant in Educational Systems and Curriculum Development. Special music will be presented by the CASHS Choristers under the direction of Elizabeth Stahl. The YMCA Teen Achievers will assist with the service.

A special feature of the service will be the presentation of student essays written in honor and recognition of Dr. King’s contributions, compiled in a project supervised for the Chambersburg Area School District, by Dr. Gwen Durham and Gladys Leon.

Dr. James has been a supervisor of student teachers at Penn State Harrisburg and Duquesne Universities. He has also served as Assistant Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education at New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ and at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD. He has taught secondary Social Studies in the Rochester City School District in Rochester, NY.

He holds a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from SUNY Brockport and a PhD in Educational Systems/Curriculum Development from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH. He has specialized in the fields of Social Justice, Cultural Diversity, and Career Readiness for Ethnically Diverse populations; and in Africentric, Multicultural and Eurocentric curriculum models.

He is married to Dr. Rose Merrell-James. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

There will be a reception following the service in the church Social Hall.

The service is co-sponsored by the Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance, the Evangelical Fellowship of Cumberland Valley, the Chambersburg Ministerium, and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area.