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 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 thought unlikely for someone of such humble beginnings.



“Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. is the kind of leader we need and a voice that is essential to hear. He is a person of character, and this is why I tapped him to lead the Oakland chapter of the National Action Network.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton
Renowned Civil Rights Leader & Host of MSNBC Politics Nation

“We live in a time where are uncertain about the demands that we face from day to day. We need a light that will encourage us so we don’t have to remain stuck in our condition. Dr. Hames is that prophetic voice that encourages us through his new book on how to press reset. Dr. Hames’ new book gives insightful and practical advice on what to do when life forces you to start over again.”

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. U.S. Representative
California’s 13th Congressional District

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