Reverend Dr. Thomasine Reid Installed as First African American Woman Pastor of a Baptist Church in the Immediate Tidewater Area

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    On Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2012, Reverend Dr. Thomasine Reid was installed as the 12th pastor of the 149 year old Union Baptist Church located at 4608 South Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Dr. Reid, a native of Norfolk, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Norfolk State University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond.  

    Rev. Dr. Reid has been a writer and producer of several materials for children and young people; and a book Ten vs. Encouragement for Serving in Ministry provides motivation for adults who render service within and without of the church falls in line with her doctoral thesis “Preparing Mentors for Youth Discipleship in the New Millennium.”

    The impressive installation service was led by Pastor Joe B. Fleming and members of Third Baptist Church located in Portsmouth. After the call to worship, the congregation received Rev. Dr. Thomasine Reid; The Third Baptist Choir sang the Hymn of Adoration which was followed by the Invocation by Rev. Joseph A. Fleming – Assistant Pastor/Third Baptist Church in Portsmouth.  The scriptures were read by Chaplain Major Bryon Collins, United States Army; and Rev. Dr. Joseph P. Lee, Jr., Pastor/Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church in Norfolk; and Rev. Walter Johnson, Pastor/Zion Prospect Baptist Church in Yorktown prayed.  Reflections were given by, Mrs. Jackie Sharpe who represented the family; and Gene Thornton, Chairman of the Trustees/Union Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.  Pastor Joe B. Fleming provided the inspirational Installation Message.  

     Following the Installation Service, Act of Installation took place.  The Charge to Pastor Reid was given by Pastor Vanable Moody/The Worship Center Christian Church located in Birmingham, Alabama; and Bishop Brehon Hall/Greater New Psalmist Church of Toledo, Ohio rendered the Charge to Union Baptist Church.  The Covenant of the Pastor and Church was done by Pastor Barbara Lemon/Shiloh Baptist Church in Yorktown; and Rev. Dr. E. Ray Cox/New Hope Baptist Church of Virginia Beach prayed the Installation Prayer.  Presentation of Rev. Dr. Thomasine Reid/ 12th Pastor of Union Baptist Church was done by Deacon Leander Corprew/Chairman of the Diaconate Ministry.  Presentations to the new Pastor included a Holy Bible presented by Pastor Pete Carter/Bethel Baptist Church/New Smyrna Beach, Florida; hymnal given by Associate Minister Glenis Perry/Union Baptist Church in Virginia Beach; keys to the church were handed out by the Chairman of the Trustee Ministry, R. Rickey Rouse, Sr.; the purse was presented by Mrs. DiAnn Walton/Chairlady of the Installation Service; and other persons made presentations to Rev.  Dr. Reid.      

     Rev. Gloria Dowtin/Assocaite Pastor of First Baptist Church Bute Street located in Norfolk, rendered the prayer for the Pastor and the Church.  Words of Acceptance and benediction were done by, the newly installed Pastor of Union Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Thomasine Reid.

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