HONORING BISHOP WILLIAM GEORGE FIELDS; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 40
(Extensions of Remarks - February 28, 2020)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E234-E235]
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                          HON. ELIOT L. ENGEL

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, February 28, 2020

  Mr. ENGEL. Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I rise to 
honor a leader in our community whom we recently lost, Bishop William 
George Fields of Refugee Temple Annex in the Bronx.
  Bishop Fields was a native New Yorker, born on June 16, 1932 in 
Harlem Hospital. He attended New York University and later received a 
Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Universal Bible Institute. In 1959 
Bishop Fields married Mother Bertha Lee Fields, and from their union 
they were blessed with 3 children, Bishop William Michael, Bertram 
Brett, and E. Beth Chism. They also had 4 wonderful grandchildren, 
Michael Aaron, Shekinah, Amon and Bethany, and 2 beautiful great-
grandchildren, Zion and Katie.
  Bishop Fields was first ordained and appointed Pastor of Refugee 
Temple Annex in 1961. In 1975, he was consecrated Bishop. Bishop Fields 
also held several other positions in ministry, including serving as 
chairman and member of many convention committees, instructor at the 
Church of Christ Bible Institute, and treasurer of the Board of 
Bishops. He also served faithfully for many years on the 47th Precinct 
Clergy Coalition in the Bronx.
  A dedicated, kind, and mild tempered leader, Bishop Fields served as 
pastor of Refuge

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Temple Annex for more than 50 years. But he also served his country, 
including four years in the United States Air Force, and 26 years with 
the United States Treasury and Internal Revenue Service.
  Madam Speaker, those who knew Bishop Fields will always remember him 
as a teacher, mentor, preacher, worshipper, kind-hearted, and above 
all, a good man. He will be deeply missed by the Bronx and Mount Vernon 
communities in which he lived and served for so many years. My deepest 
condolences go out to his family.