Meet Our Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves Jr

Pastor Samuel Broomfield Reeves, Jr., was born to the union of Mr. Samuel B. Reeves, Sr., and Rosetta E. Junius Reeves on the 29th of April. On December 19, 1991, he married the beautiful Ms. Alice Weimaa Cooper, a school teacher.

On May 27th, 1990 he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry and served in numerous position and ministries at Providence Baptist Church, including, Director of Christian Education, Director of Vacation Bible School, Administrative Assistant to the Pastor, President of the Youth Department, Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor.

           

Dr. Reeves is the former pastor of Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Madison Square Church is an 1800 member multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-site congregation. In February 2005 he returned home to be Senior Pastor of the historic Providence Baptist Church in Liberia, West Africa – The Cornerstone of the Nation. Providence is the oldest congregation in Liberia and one of the oldest in Africa, founded in 1821 by Rev. Lot Carey and six other African-American families of the First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Carey and his party were the first African-American missionaries to Africa.

 

More About Pastor Samuel B. Reeves Jr.

Dr. Reeves, Jr. is an inspiring man with a hope-filled vision of faith, a powerful community leader, a theological scholar and a transformational pastor. He is a family man who enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and extended family and friends. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Dr. Reeves is a son whose parents emphasized educational achievements, personal integrity and community service. He matriculated at Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned a B.Th. in Theological Studies. He also graduated from Princeton with a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Minister Degrees. While Co-Pastor of the Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids Michigan, Rev Reeves formed a relationship of mutual giving and receiving with Providence Baptist Church. As Senior Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, where he has been serving for the past 14 years, Dr. Reeves has made Providence one of the most social and politically conscious churches in Liberia. His outreach ministries ring with preferential treatment for the poor, the vulnerable and hurting. He currently ministers to and feeds hundreds of homeless men, women and children. He is in the process of building a Homeless Second-Chances Model Center, with vision of senior house complexes. He is President and Founder of Aachen Home Care Liberia, Inc., Liberia’s first professional Home Care provider. He has build the DeVos Village, comprising of a Medical Center, a Junior High and High School, an IT Center, a water company (Providence Water), Housing Unites, etc, located in the Bo-Waterside region where he ministers to and forms inter-religious dialogue with Muslims and peoples of other faith practices.

 

Dr. Reeves has established strategic plans of extending his vision of Christian Education to other regions of Liberia, ranging from childcare programs for low-income families to after-schools programs for battered boys and girls. As a result of Dr. Reeves’ commitment to Education, Providence has provided opportunities for 7 pastors to achieve ministerial scholarships in the United States. The congregation has ordained several trained deacons and pastors under Rev. Reeves’ leadership. Dr. Reeves is co-founder of the National Institute of Leadership, former National Vice President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc., and Adjunct Professor at Liberia Baptist Seminary. He has established a summer internship ministry with Princeton Theological Seminary for ministers to receive cross-cultural pastoral experiences. He was recently invited by HE, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as the Inaugural Thanksgiving Service Speaker, to usher in the president’s second term as president of the Republic of Liberia.

 

In 1993, he was named the first recipient of the Award of Excellence of dedicated services rendered to Providence Baptist Church during the civil crisis. In 1995 and 1996 he served as intern/student pastor at the Samaritan Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey and the New Zion Baptist Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He also served as an Associate Minister at the Galilee Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey from 1993 to 1997.

Dr. Reeves is the former Intern President and CEO of the Grand Bassa Community College in Grand Bassa County.

 

Dr. Reeves is the author of two books: Congregation-To-Congregation Relationship: A Case Study of the Partnership Between a Liberian Church and a North American Church, and Surveying the Leadership Landscape: Indispensable Qualities of Leadership. He is in the process of completing his third book: How Baptists Birthed, Led and Influenced the Growth of Christianity in Liberia: The History of Providence Baptist Church. He welcomes conversations with individuals, congregations, and mission agencies that are interested in this account of how cross-cultural partnership can transform the lives of people and faith communities into new understandings of mission and leadership in this globalized village.