Dr. Hames leads one of the fastest growing congregations in the CME church. Under his leadership, BMC has grown from 80 members to more than 2,800, 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 South side, 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 ruled as unfathomable for someone of such humble beginnings. He’s prayed over our country’s congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and has been named “Pastor of the Year” by the CME 9th Episcopal District. A true champion of his community, Dr. Hames also volunteers as chaplain of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., president of the National Action Network’s Oakland chapter, Chairman of the board of the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce and he is a proud Life member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. 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 11 years.
Known as a fervent fighter for the young men in our communities, Dr. Hames was amongst a select group of pastors, and community leaders, invited to the White House, in 2012, to discuss the killing of Trayvon Martin with President Obama. Following that meeting, CNN tapped Dr. Hames to discuss the President’s response to the tragedy.
Yet even though his pastoral experiences and ability to lead have netted successful churches, changed lives and powerful testimonies, Dr. Hames has also experienced his own dark moments – moments when he felt God wasn’t there. That was until Dr. Hames “pressed reset”.
He published his first book, Pressing Reset: When Life Forces You to Start Over Again, in January 2015. His motivation for writing Pressing Reset is to remind us all that it is possible, through God, to live beyond misery and mayhem if you learn to press reset. He reminds us, “It doesn’t matter what life throws at you, resetting your life is an attitude and process that will allow you to live out the purpose God has in store for you.
“Just because you stumble and lose your way doesn’t mean that’s who you are and that’s where you are meant to stay.”
Dr. Hames received his Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American studies from Chicago State University. In 2000 he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. And, in 2004, he was blessed to receive his doctor of ministry degree in evangelism from the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
Dr. Hames is married to Lady Michelle J. Gaskill-Hames. Lady Michelle serves as a Senior Vice President and Area Manager with Kaiser Permanente Healthcare. He is also the proud father of two sons, Charles Jonathon, Elijah Immanuel, and one daughter, Jael Deon Hames.
Throughout his life, Dr. Hames has seen the fulfillment of Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. has been putting action to vision in serving God, as a gifted preacher with 25 glorious years in the gospel and 20 years in pastoral excellence. He stands as a testament of what God can do in the life of a true believer.