Reverend Reginald M. Buckley
Reginald M. Buckley was born in Jackson, MS to the Rev. and Mrs. Horace L. Buckley. He is a product of Jackson Public Schools and completed his undergraduate education at Tougaloo College. A recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon fellowship, Pastor Buckley entered graduate school at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1994 and completed the Master of Arts Degree in English Literature in 1996.
In 1998, he was called to serve as the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church of Danville, Illinois and ministered there for nine years. During his tenure there, he served as Secretary and 2nd Vice Moderator of the Wood River Baptist District Association, the oldest continuous Baptist district association in the nation. Pastor Buckley accepted the call to return to Jackson, MS and serve as the executive pastor of Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in 2007. After serving for seven years, he assumed the role of Senior Pastor in January 2015. He has served as the Dean and the Executive Director of the Congress of Christian Education for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Baptist Seminary.
A W.K. Kellogg Fellow and a member of the inaugural class of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, Buckley is committed to the causes of community development, social justice and equity. As executive director of the Cade Development Corporation, Pastor Buckley helped to lead in the development of an 81-unit senior citizen apartment complex which opened in 2012 in the Virden Addition community. Buckley has served on the board of directors for the Hinds County Economic Development Authority, the Mississippi Baptist Seminary and Bible College and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Program for Research on Faith, Justice and Health at the University of Houston and the Board of Directors for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Buckley has also been inducted into the Tougaloo College Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Tougaloo Meritorious Leadership award. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pastor Buckley is married to Lecretia A. Buckley, Ph.D. and they are the parents of two children, Jonathan and Anna.
Reverend Buckley currently serves as the president of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi. Click here to learn about the convention.