Pastor Samuel Reeves of the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia who was recently named as a vice presidential candidate of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), a political party in the pending October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections has told a U.S. based newspaper online that he did not intend to become a politician when he left Grand Rapids, Michigan, the United States to come to returned to his native Liberia.
Reeves, who served as co-pastor of Madison Square Christian Reformed Church from 1997 to 2004 in the United States, recently agreed to serve as a running mate to Joseph Mills Jones, political leader of the opposition MOVEE.
The 53-year-old pastor told the West Michigan Business online newspaper, that he was asked join presidential candidate Joseph Mills Jones’s ticket because of the success and reputation of his church, Providence Baptist Church.
“For one thing, he wanted to recruit some new innovative kind of people,” said Reeves in an interview with The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com while visiting friends and supporters in Grand Rapids.
“He’s seen there’s a message of social justice and empowerment, caring for the down-trodden and destitute,” Reeves said.
Providence, Monrovia’s oldest Christian church dating back to 1822, has built a hospital, day care center and high school under Reeves’ leadership. The church also is building an orphanage for children whose parents died from the Ebola virus.
Reeves attributes much of his church’s success to the support of the Grand Rapids-based Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, which has given his church about $2 million to support its ministry and programs.
Source: West Michigan Business