Fordham earned his undergraduate degree in history and theology from Oakwood University and a master’s degree in Jewish history from Ohio State University. In December 2010, he was awarded a doctorate in theology after completing The United Theological Research University’s External Studies and Research scheme.
Fordham has pastored churches in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Washington D.C. and New Jersey in the United States; in South Africa; East Africa; West Africa; England; Australia; Puerto Rico; and Columbia.
He has also served on several committees with the Allegheny East Conference Corporation, the Columbia Union and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Communications Commission.
Fordham, who replaces Charles Cheatham, just retired president of the Allegheny East Conference, has received several recognitions from the political establishment in Maryland, including Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore and former congressman Kwesi Mfume (D-Md). He has served as mayor for the day in Preston England, and declared a distinguished citizen of Louisville, Kentucky by its mayor, David L. Armstrong.