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Rev. Dr. John E. Freeman

... has been the pastor of United African Methodist Episcopal Church, Xenia, Ohio, since November 2007.  Already he has taken in several new members and spearheaded the building of a new addition.  He is the Vice President of Student Services at Wilberforce University; President of African American Ministerial Alliance (AAMA) of Greene County; Dean of the Ohio Annual Conference Board of Examiners, Owner of Porter-Qualls-Dunlap Funeral Home serving Springfield, Xenia and surrounding communities. Prior to his appointment to United, he served at Central Chapel A.M.E. for fifteen years; under his leadership, the church grew both numerically, structurally and spiritually. 


Dr. Freeman is the former Dean of Students at Central State University. He once served as Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students; Athletic Director; Primary Investigator for a Minority Health Grant; Chaplain and the Director of Residence Life, all at Wilberforce University. Previously he served as an Advisor and Director of the Inter-Faith Campus Ministry at Central State University and the surrounding Higher Learning Community; and the former voice of WCSU 88.9 FM, Moment’s of Meditation aired five days a week.


Dr. Freeman received his B.S. degree from Wilberforce University; attended Bethany and West Liberty State College in West Virginia; and Temple Bible College in Cincinnati.  He received the Master of Divinity Degree from Payne 

Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, where he was President of the Student Government Association.   During his graduation ceremonies, he received a number of awards:  The Faculty Award for Outstanding Senior Sermon; The Senior Award for Outstanding Service; and was listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Pastor John received his Doctor of Ministry Degree with a focus on administration from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.


Before going to Yellow Springs, Dr. Freeman pastored for more than five years at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Oxford, Ohio.  During this period, he served as the Director of Black Campus Ministries of the Campus Ministry Center at Miami University; was a former member of the Oxford City Council and the Planning Commission, as well as served on the City of Oxford Civil Service Commission.  He founded a radio program while in Oxford and received the Peace and Justice Award for 1989 and the Citizen of the Year Award in 1990.  He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Chi Lambda Chapter. Prior to going to Oxford, he served for nine years as the Pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Charleston, West Virginia. While at Allen he was instrumental in spear heading a radio program over WXIT radio station entitled” The Brotherhood Spiritual Hour” which aired five days a week for nine years. He served as Chaplain for the Charleston High School Football team. The present Pastor of Allen Chapel and Presiding Elder of West Virginia Conference answered his ministerial call under Pastor John’s leadership.


The Rev. Dr. Freeman is an Evangelist, Campus Minister, musician, entrepreneur, and politician, recent author of a book entitled, “I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore.” and above all, he is a dedicated born again Christian.  He is a man of vision and truly believes that without vision the people will perish.


He is married to the Rev. Cleo “Brenda” Freeman, Dr. Freeman is the father of two children, Rev. Michael (Mia) Freeman, a Pastor and musician and Michelle Freeman, who is a nurse and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator; two grand children Cierra and Christopher, one great grandchild Mia and a host of other young people who refer to him as Pops. But most of all he is thankful to be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God.

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