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Wesley Assigned to Phillips Temple CME
By Richard Lee, Contributing Writer
Published August 18, 2021

Rev. Dr. Darrell J. Wesley (Courtesy photo)

The Rev. Dr. Darrell J. Wesley has been appointed senior pastor at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. Bishop Paul A. G. Steward, CME Ninth District Presiding Prelate, announced the assignment on July 28 during the annual conference reporting session.

Dr. Wesley replaces Rev. Bernard M. Jackson, who is currently on hiatus and serving as visionary extension team leader at Cathedral of Praise Church International Ministries in San Bernardino.

Formerly the senior pastor at Amos Temple CME Church in Riverside, Wesley is hailed as a theologian, philosopher, pastor, prophetic witness and champion of social justice. Recently, he published “Black Preaching as a Counter-Hegemonic Movement” in the CME Christian Index publication.


Presently, he is completing the book with Cascade Publishers called “Toward an Ethic of Radical Freedom: Cornel West and Michel Foucault in Discursive Dialogue.”   He also contributed to the book, “Toward an Urban God-Talk,” with a chapter called, “Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say: Viewing Rap Music as a Form of African American Spirituality.”

Wesley’s earned his B.A. degree and M.S degree at Abilene Christian University, Master of Sacred Theology at Yale University Divinity School; Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary and Ph.D. degree in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from Claremont Graduate University. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor of religion and philosophy at Vincennes University.

For 24 years, he was an active-duty Navy Chaplain retiring as Captain and earned an M.A in National Strategic and Security Studies from the Naval War College. Dr. Wesley is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc.

For more about Phillips Temple call (323) 233-4783, email:[email protected], or visit


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