Gospel artist taking over as pastor of Wadley Church


Pastor LaVoria Denise Reese, licensed pastor, gospel artist and soon-to-be author, will be installed as the new pastor of Jesus Christ Miracle Deliverance Center on Saturday, November 19.

Service begins at noon at the church located at 6811 US Hwy. 1, at Wadley.

Reese will replace church founder Roberta Young McKennie, who served there for 20 years.

Reese said she looks forward to moving to the Statesboro area, where she now resides, to get to know the congregation and the community, and to serve both.

A third-generation Pentecostal apostolic preacher, Reese said she comes from a long line of pastors.

“My maternal grandfather was a pastor for many years,” she said. “My father served as pastor from 1969 to 2011, then turned the church over to my brother who is now the pastor of the Apostolic Faith Cathedral in Decatur.”

She felt the call to preach when she was 26 or 27, but didn’t accept it until 1989.

In 1991, she and her family toured Europe singing gospel music. During this tour and another, she ministered

Reese has ministered internationally for more than 40 years to audiences in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg, Czech Republic and Slovakia. She served with the Gospel Music Workshop of America Atlanta Chapter for many years spreading the gospel through song nationally and was a founding board member of the United Gospel Consortium in Atlanta.

She looks forward to continuing to evangelize the gospel through song and to encourage people of different races, cultures and denominations.

Reese became a licensed minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. in the late 1990s and was ordained in 2014 with the National Baptist Convention USA at Greater Destiny in Atlanta. In 2016, she founded Living Victorious Family Center, Inc., home of Joel’s Coffee BAR (Born Again Revolutionary), in Conyers, then moved to Statesboro in March of this year.

Reese earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ashford University and later pursued a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry at Grand Canyon Theological Seminary.

She is currently awaiting the release of her first book, a 40 day prayer journal and memoir titled My Worth.

Reese said she looks forward to getting more involved in Wadley, where she plans to move in the coming months.


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