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Press Release for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Former Baptist Pastor Joins OneJax at UNF as Deputy Director

Media Contact: Amanda Ennis, PR Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


Kyle Reese, former senior pastor at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church (HAB) and longtime OneJax board member, has joined OneJax, an institute of the University of North Florida, as deputy director. He began his new position May 6.


As deputy director, Reese is responsible for providing leadership and management including implementation of the OneJax Board’s Strategic Plan and participating in policy making, financial management, community relations, fundraising, operations, programs and management of staff.


A Southside resident, Reese has held his position at HAB since 2006 and joined the OneJax board in 2010. During that time, he chaired the Interfaith Committee and, together with Nancy Broner, OneJax executive director, hosts “Faith Matters,” a quarterly one-hour call-in show on WJCT 89.9-FM. The show discusses topical issues in and around the First Coast through the lens of faith.


“Kyle brings a unique skillset to his position with us,” said Broner. “His years as a pastor have made him particularly sensitive to the impact that the trials and tribulations of living in today’s world create and forged his ability to gather people together to advocate for change and a better community.”


Reese will continue at HAB as interim pastor and is also active in other areas of the community. He serves on the Board of Baptist Health and the Rotary Club of San Marco as well as a moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Reese has a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Northern Seminary, a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.


“Kyle is a relationship person who’s perfectly suited to our work of diversity and inclusiveness,” Broner explained. “We couldn’t be happier to have him on staff where he can be more involved with policy and programming.”


Since 2012, OneJax has been an institute at UNF. Through education, community building and advocacy, OneJax works to make Northeast Florida a better place for everyone by celebrating differences and identifying all we have in common.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.