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Joe B. Fleming

 


            Pastor Joe B. Fleming is one of eleven children born to John H. and Rosetta M. Fleming in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Bishop College, Dallas, Texas, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, he continued his preparation for service to the Lord at United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and at the School of Religion at Boston University.

            Pastor Fleming became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity during his sophomore year in 1961 at Bishop College when it was located in Marshall, Texas. Pastor Fleming and two brothers from Gamma Chapter were three of five leaders who led the student bodies from Bishop College and Wiley College to desegregate public facilities in the city of Marshall, Texas.

            For more than forty years, Pastor Fleming has served as a consultant/trainer for churches, agencies, corporations, and conventions both in the continental United States and abroad. He has also served as a board member and officer of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and instructor for ICAM (Interdenominational Center for Administrative Ministry) in Atlanta, Georgia.

            During his tenure in Richmond, Virginia, as the pastor of the Quioccasin Baptist Church, Pastor Fleming served as Director of a Community Organization, Director of Training and Planning for a multi-million dollar social agency for twelve years. In addition, he was President of the Henrico Branch, NAACP and the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and vicinity. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of both Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross.

            Since having come to Portsmouth to serve as pastor of the Third Baptist Church in 1981, Pastor Fleming has served as President of the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Virginia; President of the Portsmouth Branch of the NAACP; Past Chairman and member for thirteen years of the Electoral Board for the City of Portsmouth; member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Red Cross; Member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Hampton Roads; Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army of Portsmouth, Virginia; Board Member of CCDI (Center for Community Development, Inc.); Founding Member and Past President for the Martin Luther King Leadership Steering Committee of Portsmouth; former Commissioner of the Virginia Port Authority; and served as Past Chair and currently Board Member of the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, to name a few of his affiliations. Pastor Fleming was recently chosen to receive one of the 2011 Humanitarian Awards for Hampton Roads given by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, was honored by the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference as “Pastor of the Year,” and 2012 Grassroots Volunteer for the Commonwealth of Virginia for the 3rd Congressional District.

            He is married to Johnnie Mitchell Fleming of Ft. Worth, Texas, and they are the parents of three adult children: Kelton C. Fleming, San Jose, California; Zina Fleming Hall, Houston, Texas, and Joseph A. Fleming, who is the Assistant Pastor to his father at the Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Virginia. He is also blessed with four grandchildren.