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Birmingham Associationís King celebrates 25 years comment (0)

November 14, 2013

By Neisha Fuson

Birmingham Associationís King celebrates 25 years

“Great strides have been made in racial reconciliation and working between churches,” John E. King Jr. said. “We’re seeing God move in a mighty way.”

King, who celebrated his 25th anniversary at Birmingham Baptist Association (BBA) on Oct. 17, said it has been a “tremendous opportunity” to work with churches through times of major demographical shifts. When he began his work at the association, only one African-American church was a member. Today there are more than 30.

King, who currently serves as the association’s associate executive director for church and community relations, spends the majority of his time serving and “resourcing” churches. He teaches people how to grow closer to the Lord, first of all, he said, and helps pastors and church staff to understand the importance of self-care and family. He takes special care when teaching the importance of family. After the loss of his son, Jonathan, in a car accident 11 years ago, King said he has a “new perspective” on life. 

King also has served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Birmingham, for the past 10 years and previously served as pastor of Galilee Baptist Church, Birmingham. He was a member of Trinity Baptist when he felt called into ministry May 21, 1977, and later served as the church’s associate pastor. 

King has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary and has a Juris Doctor degree from Birmingham School of Law. 

He and his wife, Elaine, have been married for 39 years and have two children and two grandchildren. 

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