Reginald G. Flynn
Pastor Reginald “Reggie” G. Flynn was born in Peoria, Illinois and reared in Flint, Michigan. He is the son of Pastor Earl and Marjorie Flynn-Willis. He is married to Deloris (Jefferson) Flynn of Santee-Elloree, South Carolina. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Courtney and Taylor, and one grand- daughter, Chloe. A proud 1984 graduate of Flint Beecher High School, Pastor Flynn attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College where he played intercollegiate basketball. He later served in the United States Navy as a personnel administration officer. After receiving an honorable discharge, he relocated to Columbia, South Carolina. While in Columbia, South Carolina, Pastor Flynn began his public service career as the state recruitment director for One Church One Child of South Carolina, an adoption and foster care advocacy and recruitment agency. After a successful career in the public sector, Pastor Flynn embarked on a career in corporate America. He was employed as a corporate recruiter, and, ultimately, promoted to director of business development and marketing for IAP Worldwide Services, an international emergency management firm. He concluded his corporate career as a pharmaceutical account executive for Merck & Company.
Upon acknowledging the call to preach the Gospel in 2001, Pastor Flynn received his minister’s license under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr., Senior Pastor of Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He was ordained by the Gethsemane Baptist Association, and completed pastoral assignments at Beulah Baptist Church, Greenwood, South Carolina and Temple Zion Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Currently, he serves as senior pastor of the historic Foss Avenue Baptist Church in his hometown, Flint, Michigan.
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. Dr. 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 also an entrepreneur. He is founder and Executive Director of North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, a community economic development corporation providing neighborhood stabilization, youth development, community organizing, and early childhood education management services to neighborhood groups, block clubs, schools, and local government entities. 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 entrepreneur’s summer program. He, moreover, has written numerous articles, editorials, and commentaries pertaining to the root causes of urban crime, violence, gang activity, and joblessness among African American males. In 2014, Dr. Flynn purchased the former Urban League building in northwest Flint and invested $1.5 million to renovate the facility. The new community education center is home of Eagle’s Nest Academy, which Dr. and Mrs. Flynn founded in 2015.
Dr. Flynn is known as a visionary leader who advances a (w)holistic approach to ministry, which centers around the Biblical principles of spiritual, political and economic liberation. He is a vocal advocate for spiritual renewal, economic self-sufficiency, and political empowerment. He unapologetically preaches, promotes and practices the Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa principles Ujamaa, cooperative economics and Kujichagulia, self-determination. He is committed to rebuilding and transforming lives and communities through a prophetic proclamation of the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ.