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Upper Room Ministries, 3090 S.R. 59 in Ravenna, will present a "Man-2-Man" Conference where Real Men will discuss Real Issues using Real Faith. The conference takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ernest L. Fields and Elder Eddie L. Harris is the host pastor.
Fields was born in Cleveland, grew up in Youngstown from the age of nine as a member of Lincoln Avenue COGIC and later Bethel COGIC under his father's pastorate, the late Bishop R. S. Fields. He is a product of the Youngstown school system, a graduate of The Rayen High School. He has a B. A. in Political Science from Kent State University, and a Ph. D. in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Studies from The Ohio State University.
Under his father, Fields served on the Ohio North First Jurisdiction Administrative Committee and as chairman of the Ohio North Publishing Board. He was appointed pastor of Calvary Hill Church of God in Christ in August 1988 by the late Bishop William Morgan James, to succeed his father. Under the late Bishop Walter Jordan, he served on the Jurisdiction's Executive Committee and as Assistant Director of the Resource Department. In 2008, he was appointed by Bishop Edward T. Cook as Jurisdictional President of the Men's Department.
Fields has been married to Iris (Brown) Fields since 1964. The couple has a son, Chad, daughter-in-law Michele, and daughter Marka. Their granddaughters are Kendall and Sydney.