Bishop Harold James Benjamin, who held leadership positions in the Church of God in Christ denomination and traveled widely, including to Africa to spread the word, died Sept. 6 of complications of a stroke. He was 71 and lived in Mount Airy.
He was named presiding bishop of the church's newly formed Penn State Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction six years ago, and formerly was auxiliary bishop of the Southeast Pennsylvania district.
He was founding pastor of the Cathedral Church of God in Christ, at 57th and Market streets, and was former pastor of Pennsylvania Deliverance Center, at 59th Street and Lancaster Avenue.
Benjamin was born in Valdosta, Ga., to Doris Benjamin and Herbert Lee. The family moved to Washington, D.C., and he graduated from Cardoza High School.