One of the great days in the history of the church was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. The importance of this conversion is indicated by the fact that it is mentioned three times in the book of Acts‑‑chapters 9, 22, and 26. Paul also alludes to it many times in his Epistles. The conversion of this particular man became the pivot on which his life and the history of the church turned. In tremendous measure we are indebted to this man for what we know about God and salvation because his Epistles detail this information.
It is fitting that Saul's conversion was very unique because he was such a unique person‑‑by birth, a Jew; by citizenship, a Roman; by education, a Greek; and by grace, a Christian. He was missionary, theologian, evangelist, pastor, organizer, leader, thinker, statesman, fighter for truth, and at the same time, lover of souls. He was everything that a Christian could and should be short of being like Jesus Christ. As far as I'm concerned, there never was another man like him.
This is the story of the conversion of this man. It is great evidence of the fact that God can take the worst of the worst and make them the best. Nobody is ever too low to be unredeemable. I think there are times that we wonder whether the grace of God can ever be extended in certain cases, and that often becomes the exact time when the grace of God does its greatest and most glorious work.
James L. Reid
James L. Reid served his country as a United States Marine and received an honorable discharge in 1981. He later received an Associate Degree in Public Service and Criminal Justice from Denmark Technical College in Denmark, SC; a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Voorhees College and a Masters’ of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Director of the Augusta Regional Youth Development Center, Augusta, Ga. He’s a 2015 graduate of Leadership Augusta.
Rev. Reid acknowledged his call to preach the Gospel in 1992 at Eastland Baptist Fellowship Church. With strong encouragement and support from Pastor Aaron Bush, he was licensed in August 1994 and ordained in July 1999. Rev. Reid served as assistant Minister of Eastland Baptist Fellowship Church until he was chosen by God and elected by members to become Pastor of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Forest Hills), in December 2006.
During the past eight years, the members of Piney Grove have been led by a Pastor with a constant, genuine and humble love for all people. Rev. James L. Reid is, without a doubt, a Bible-based Pastor, who preaches the Word faithfully. He continues to strive to lead the Sheep to know Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives. Being a child of God, as well as with his background, enables him to assume the challenges set before Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church and the community.
He has been a dedicated Husband to Josalyn Y. Reid for 30 years, and a loving father to their adult children, Mia and Nicholas.
Pastor Reid continues his walk with humbleness and gratitude. He is a published author of the book entitled, Women Coming Forth.
Pastor James L. Reid is committed to his calling. He can, with God’s help, capture the essence of the Holy Word with simplicity, clarity and power. As his journey continues, many lives will be touched. A Man of God committed to excellence and dedicated to serve. One of his favorite verses of scripture is Psalm 32:8, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Through Rev. Reid’s inapprehensive and unorthodox deliverance of the Word of God, he continues to be used by God to bring many followers to Christ. It is his prayer that while under his leadership Saints of God will learn to fully trust in, submit and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so that they may experience a refreshing rebirth of newness in Christ Jesus.
James L. Reid, Pastor