The Rev. Dr. Bruce Reed Announced as Baccalaureate Speaker

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Reed ’76 (Chaplain, Colonel, Retired) will be the guest preacher for the Baccalaureate service at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.

The Rev. Dr. Reed is a long-time resident of West Virginia, graduating from Parkersburg High School.  A 1973 graduate of Parkersburg Community College and 1976 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, the Rev. Dr. Reed received his Master of Divinity in 1979 and Doctorate of Ministry in 1991 from United Theological Seminary.  Also a graduate of Marshall University Graduate College, he holds degrees in church music, theology, counseling, and youth ministry and is presently studying in a second Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Seminary.

He has served sixteen different United Methodist Churches in West Virginia and Ohio and is the accompanist for Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Kanawha City.  The Rev. Dr. Reed has served as an adjunct professor at Mountain State University, United Theological Seminary, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  After 29 years of serving local churches, the Rev. Dr. Reed left local church ministry to become the full-time Support Chaplain of the West Virginia National Guard.  Along with his wife, Judy, he provided pastoral support for over 6,700 members of the Guard and their families.

Chaplain Reed was deployed to Kuwait with the 111th Engineer Group from 2003-2004.  He was again deployed to Iraq with the 111th Engineer Brigade in 2007-2008, earning a Bronze Star.  During the Hurricane Katrina crisis, the Rev. Dr. Reed first supported over 300 displaced persons from New Orleans at Camp Dawson, WV, and then deployed to New Orleans to assist in the hurricane recovery.  He has served as the Brigade Chaplain of the 3D Brigade, 80th Training Division; the Battalion Chaplain of the 1092d Engineer Combat Battalion; the Group and Brigade Chaplain for the 111th Engineers; and the Chaplain of the WV CERF-P Unit, which is trained to respond to nuclear, biological, and high-explosive disasters.  Retiring as the Joint Forces Command Chaplain of the West Virginia National Guard, he was granted a West Virginia state promotion to Brigadier General.

Presently serving as the State Family Programs Director for the West Virginia National Guard, Chaplain Reed’s community service includes leadership in Rotary and Lions clubs, fire and ambulance services, Boy Scouts, Walk to Emmaus, and educational tour leadership for three pilgrimages to the Holy Lands.  He has also been instrumental in developing, with the West Virginia Council of Churches, the CARENET program and Partners in Care Program, providing means for local churches to offer support for service members and their families.

At the 2011 United Methodist Annual Conference, the Rev. Dr. Reed was awarded the West Virginia United Methodist Bishop’s Torch Award for his work with Scouting and youth ministries.  In 2013, he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award by West Virginia Wesleyan College during their Homecoming festivities.