Rev. Joe B. Fleming
Pastor Fleming was born to John A. and Rosetta Mence Fleming in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He graduated from Holdenville High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College (Dallas, Texas) in 1963. Subsequently, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (Richmond, Virginia) in 1967. Pastor Fleming also studied at United Seminary in Dayton Ohio and Boston University School of Theology. Pastor Fleming's pastoral journey from, 1964 to 2006, includes three churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia; concluding 35 years at the Historic Third Baptist Church where he retired as Pastor Emeritus. His son, Joseph A. Fleming, succeeded him as Senior Pastor. Pastor Fleming was Director of Training and Planning for a multimillion dollar social action agency in Richmond, Virginia from 1968-1980. For more than 40 years, Pastor Fleming has been a consultant and trainer for corporations and church related agencies both within the United States and abroad, including the Kaiserslautern Germany military community and the Air Force in Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein, Germany supporting the United States Armed Forces. In 1963, Pastor Fleming was founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Steering Committee in Portsmouth, Virginia. He served for four years as an instructor for the Interdenominational Center for Administration Ministry in Atlanta, Georgia on "Leading Change in the Black Church". Pastor Fleming is the husband of Johnnie M. Fleming of Fort Worth Texas and are the parents of three children and four grandchildren.