John A. Reed, Jr., L.H.D., D.D.
John A, Reed, Jr., was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, the second of eight (8) children, to the late Reverend John A. Reed, Sr. and the late Mae Ella Reed. His early education was in Oklahoma City; after moving to Stillwater, Oklahoma, he graduated from Washington High School. He attended Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and later transferred to Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Oklahoma School of Religion, Langston, in May 1964. He has done further studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, and Midwest Christian College. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1959 and received an honorable discharge in 1961.
Reverend Reed answered the call to the ministry in August 1957 and was issued his License to the Gospel Ministry from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Stillwater, on August 18, 1957. He was ordained on July 30, 1961, at Mt. Zion. He served a brief period at the Pleasant Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas, under Pastor Jerry Lenley; in January 1963, he was selected to serve as the assistant to Dr. S. S. Fairly, Pastor of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. On January 12, 1969, the yoke of pastoral responsibility was passed on to Pastor Reed. In July 1975, following the death of Dr. Fairly, the congregation of the Fairview Baptist Church installed Rev. J. A. Reed, Jr. as Pastor.
Pastor Reed led the Fairview Church in the construction of a new sanctuary, which was completed in August 1990. In 1999, the former sanctuary was renovated, transitioned into the Donald E. Burns Educational Center and Fellowship Hall. He has instituted various changes and added many ministries and programs during his tenure at Fairview. In March 2013, the Fairview Baptist Church held a month-long observance in honor of Dr. Reed's 50 year mark as shepherd of the flock and he continues to proudly serve as Senior Pastor at Fairview. March 2016 marked 53 years as Senior Pastor.
Rev. Reed is a diligent shepherd, who unselfishly gives of himself to his membership and the community. He is a builder of men and a gifted leader. Over 40 young men, many are pastors, have accepted the call to the Gospel ministry under his leadership and spiritual guidance. His works and concerns are not confined to Fairview; his dream is to integrate Christian love into the entire social and economic fabric of the Oklahoma City Community. Because of his unwavering efforts and leadership in the community, the City Council of Oklahoma City renamed a street in his honor.
As a religious leader, he served as President of the Oklahoma Baptist State Congress of Christian Education from June 1974 to June 2000. He was elected President of the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention in August 2000 and served in that capacity until October 2009. In June 2008, Dr. Reed was made the 5th Vice President of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an affiliate of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. In September 2009, during the 129th Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Rev. Reed was recommended for and unanimously accepted by the parent body to serve as one of five Vice Presidents for the 7.5 million member body. He was given the responsibility of leadership over the Western Region, serving directly under Convention President Julius R. Scruggs of Huntsville, Alabama. At the September 2014 Annual Session of the Convention, the newly elected President, Dr. Jerry Young of Jackson, Mississippi, recommended Dr. Reed to continue as Vice President, Western Region, and selected him to serve on the Transition Team for the new administration.
Additionally, Rev. Reed’s service includes: Current President of the Baptist Ministers Association of Greater Oklahoma City; President of the Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal (CCSR), a Christian organization made up of pastors and preachers from various different denominations; past Moderator of the East Zion Consolidated District Association; past Instructor in the Minister’s Division of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, member of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance; Board member of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
His civic and community affiliations include: Board member and lifetime member of the NAACP; member of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of One Church, One Child of Oklahoma; member of Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc.; appointed by former Oklahoma Governor David Walters to the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission; past President of the Coalition of Civic Leadership; member of the Oklahoma County Community Sentencing Council; 33rd Degree Mason, Great Western Consistory No. 34, Oklahoma City, Prince Hall Affiliation.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including: Induction in the Oklahoma Afro-American Hall of Fame (December 2005); Oklahoma City Branch NAACP Annual Speaker’s Award (2006); Oklahoma Annual Human Rights Award (2009); The A.C. Hamlin Award (2009); Black Heritage Community Service Award (2010); The Oklahoma Democratic Party Activist Hall of Fame Award (2010); Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Eagle Award (2011); Oklahoma State Democratic Party Carl Albert Award (2010-2011); The Iris V. Santos Rivera Human Rights Award (2012); Langston University President’s Distinguished Service Award (2012); Oklahoma County Bar Association Howard K. Berry, Sr. Award (2013); Oklahoma Baptist State Convention Appreciation Award (2013).
Three Doctor of Divinity Degrees have been conferred upon Rev. Reed, issued by the University of Central America (June 1989), Jackson Theological Seminary of North Little Rock, Arkansas (May 2000), and Mid-America Christian University (2011). He was presented the Doctor of Humane Letters from The Tennessee School of Religion (August 1994) and his Alma Mata, the Oklahoma School of Religion (2004).
Rev. Reed is a dynamic and inspiring Gospel preacher and has traveled nationally and internationally, preaching and teaching. He has reached across the nation, conducting revivals, seminars and workshops. He has traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, Asia, Israel, Egypt, and South Africa.
He is known and respected throughout the state and nation. He proclaims that the greatest title that you can be called is “Servant.” His aim in life is to faithfully serve God and mankind. Pastor Reed's song of life is "If I Can Help Somebody As I Pass Along." His scriptural motto is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Dr. Reed was married to the late Dr. Patricia Fisher Reed of Nowata, Oklahoma. He’s the proud father of two daughters, LaShai Rhone and Johnneese Walter, and the grandfather of Tonia Rhone, Kaubriana Walter and Derrick Walter, Jr. His sons-in-law are both preacher/pastors. Rev. Anthony "Tony" Rhone is Pastor/Teacher of the Galillee Baptist Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Rev. Derrick E. Walter, Sr. is the Assistant Pastor at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.