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Founding Jacksonville Board Member Remembered

May 26, 2011

Rev. Granville Reed, III, a founding member of Gordon-Conwell—Jacksonville’s board of advisors and a prominent African Methodist Episcopal pastor, died peacefully in Jacksonville, FL, May 21, at the age of 73.

Rev. Reed had sat on Gordon-Conwell—Jacksonville’s Board of Advisors since the seminary’s fourth campus was founded in 2006. While on that board, he advised on the growth and development of the campus over its first five years and he actively fostered a close relationship between Gordon-Conwell and the AME denomination in Jacksonville. Rev. Reed was also a strong advocate for the seminary residing in downtown Jacksonville, so that it could more effectively connect with churches of all racial, social and economic settings.

“Granville was the gentle giant of our Board of Advisors from the earliest days of Gordon-Conwell Jacksonville,” Dr. Ryan Reeves, Assistant Dean of Gordon-Conwell—Jacksonville and Assistant Professor of Historical Theology. “He has been a source of strength and encouragement to me personally and to all the staff and fellow board members at Gordon-Conwell. I will miss our frequent conversations about how the seminary can best serve the church in North Florida.”

At his death, Rev. Reed was a member of the Judicial Council of the AME church and Pastor of Mount Olive AME Church, Jacksonville, FL. He joined the ministry in 1972 and served a total of 17 churches. His work focused on pastoral care and counseling, as well as ministry to prisoners and those with HIV/AIDS. Rev. Reed was known for his kindness, inter-denominational work and frequent mentoring of younger pastors.

Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Reed worked in journalism and was the first black host of a daily television talk show. Called “Kutana,” the show, which began in 1969, was directed toward an African-American audience and was one of the first such shows in Jacksonville.

Rev. Reed is survived by his wife, Ida Reed; his daughter, LaShane; a sister and two brothers; and grandchildren. Services are planned for Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL. Address is 841 Franklin St. Jacksonville, FL 32209.