Dr. Reginald G. Flynn
Dr. Reginald G. Flynn grew up in Flint, Michigan and recently celebrated twenty years of service as a pastor and ten years as the senior pastor of the historic Foss Avenue Baptist Church in Flint, MI. Since founding the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, a community development corporation in 2010, Pastor Flynn has led the organization through two major projects – the renovation of Eagle’s Nest Early Learning Center and establishment of Eagle’s Nest Academy, a K-6 elementary school in north Flint.
Dr. Flynn received his formal education at the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He earned a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina, and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree in Pastoral Leadership and Urban Studies, with honors, from Columbia International University. Flynn’s Doctor of Ministry research dissertation topic was “The Contemporary Role of the Church In Economically Distressed Neighborhoods: How Faith Communities Can Spur Economic Development In Their Communities.”
Dr. Flynn is an entrepreneur and author. He is founder and president of North Flint Reinvestment Corporation. He authored his first book in 2010, “So You Think Your Church Isn’t Big Enough,” a resource guide for pastors and small congregations interested in launching community economic development ministries in distressed neighborhoods. In 2009, he founded Brothers Battling Bloodshed, an anti-gang, anti-crime prevention program for structurally unemployed boys in Flint. Dr. Flynn has employed over 150 youth through his youth leadership and entrepreneur’s summer program. In 2014, Dr. Flynn purchased the former Urban League building in northwest Flint and invested $1.5 million to renovate the facility, which is the home of Eagle’s Nest Academy. In 2015, as a direct response to the Flint water crisis and departure of two major grocery store chains in north Flint, Dr. Flynn mobilized residents to establish the North Flint Food Market. In two years, the co-op has recruited close to 500 members and raised $100,000 in member equity. The $9 million store is scheduled open in 2019.