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25 Apr 2015

Rev. Dr. John W. Kennedy pastor of James Varick AME Zion Church dies

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April 25, 2015 Category: Oasis Posted by:

The Rev. Dr. John W. Kennedy, Pastor of James Varick African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church passed away on Monday April 13, 2015 following a short illness.


He came to the Philadelphia area when two churches, Varick Memorial Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, formerly located at 19th and Catharine Streets, and St. James A.M.E. Zion Church were in a period of transition. Under his guidance and leadership, the two churches combined to become James Varick A.M.E. Zion Church and remained at the current location.

Rev. Dr. Kennedy has served as Pastor of this South Philadelphia church, located at 20th & Reed Streets, for the past seven years. He also served as the Presiding Elder of the Philadelphia Eastern Shore District of the Philadelphia Baltimore Annual Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

For over 30 years, Rev. Dr. Kennedy has pastored several churches from New Jersey to Virginia, leaving a legacy of growth and improvement at each one.

Although he lived in Salisbury, Maryland he commuted to Philadelphia as often as needed to provide excellent pastoral care for his members and the pastors under his charge.

Homegoing services are as follows:

Wake – Sunday April 19, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, 410 Delaware Ave., Salisbury, Maryland.

Funeral – Monday April 20, 2015 at St. James A.M.E.  Zion Church, 521 Mack Ave., Salisbury, Maryland.

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