Reverend Gregory King Sr.
Rev. Gregory King, Sr., is a native son of Philadelphia, PA. He attended the Philadelphia Public Schools, graduating from Northeast High School with a major in Aerospace Science in June 1972.
In June 1972, Rev. King and former Congressman Chaka Fattah were the representatives from Philadelphia to the National Youth Citizenship Fund conference in Washington, DC, along with twenty five other youth across the USA to organize the 18 year old vote for the 1972 presidential election.He attended Morehouse College, majoring in Political Science and Accounting in August 1972. In August 1974, Rev. King transferred to Drexel University as an Accounting Major. In August 1977, upon completion of his undergraduate studies at Drexel, the Penn Mutual Board of Directors appointed Gregory King, Sr., as the first Security Manager of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, located at 530 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Mr. King was the first African-American appointed as a Security Manager of a top twenty life insurance company in the world, responsible for the physical complex valued at $250 million dollars and all assets owned by the company.
During his tenure as Security Manager, Mr. King provided security at the company’s conference center for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Late U.S. Senator John Heinz, PA, Mayor William Green of Philadelphia, Governor Richard Thornburg of Pennsylvania, the King and Queen of Sweden and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. He developed procedures and policies for physical security and financial security which are still in effect today.
August 1981, Rev. King accepted the call to ministry. Upon completion of his ministerial training, he was appointed in July 1988 as pastor of Metropolitan CME Church, Philadelphia, PA. He has pastored congregations in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC., and Alexandria, VA. In July 2000 he was appointed from Bunton Memorial CME Church, Washington, DC, to Williams Temple CME Church, Philadelphia, PA., where he served as the pastor for twelve years; Russell CME Church, Alexandria, VA. For four years. He presently is the pastor of Broomfield CME Church, Richmond, VA.
He is the Director of Social Justice and Human Concerns for the New York/Washington Region of the CME Church, spearheading the issues which affect our communities and nation. He served for nine years as the President of the Philadelphia and Vicinity Ministerial Alliance (CME). He has served as a member of the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Clergy Anti-Violence Task and as a member of the Mayor’s Faith Based Advisory Board. He has served in the Philadelphia Police-Clergy Program, and the National Council of Churches Global Climate Change Leadership Panel. Rev. King was the co-founder of the clergy/lay group of Alexandria, VA, which spearheaded community and civic concerns. He is a member of the board of Creation Justice Ministries; serving as treasurer. Rev. King also serves as a member of Black Methodists United; the three historical black Methodists bodies AME, AMEZ, and CME.
He has two sons, Gregory King, Jr., and Sterling Philip King both of Philadelphia, PA.