February 28, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 40 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
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] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING BISHOP WILLIAM GEORGE FIELDS _____ 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 [[Page E235]] 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. ____________________