Reginald W. Sharpe Jr.
Reginald W. Sharpe Jr.
The Reverend Reginald Wayne Sharpe Jr., first born child of Reginald, Sr., and Fay Phillips-Sharpe, serves as Senior Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Sharpe is a proud native of Lithonia, Georgia, and a son of The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church ~ The House of Hope Atlanta.
Sharpe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia (2013), a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee (2016), and a Master of Theology degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (2018). Reverend Sharpe is one of the proud charter members of the Academy of Young Preachers and was one of the youngest inducted into The Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2018. He also taught as an adjunct Professor in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Morehouse College. Among his many distinctions, Reverend Sharpe is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Reverend Sharpe faithfully served as Campus Pastor of the House of Hope Macon for 3.5 years. Under Sharpe’s dynamic and Spirit-led leadership, the church experienced astronomical growth both spiritually and numerically. Because of his service to the church and community, commitment to bridging the gap between spirituality and social activism, and his unique approach to multi-generational ministry, Sharpe was awarded a “Key to the City” in January 2017.
Since December 31, 2019, Reverend Sharpe has faithfully served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Sharpe is honored to follow in the pastoral lineage of the late Reverend Clay Evans and Pastor Charles Jenkins. Under the leadership of Reverend Sharpe, Fellowship Chicago has experienced astonishing growth in all aspects of ministry, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. After suspending in-person worship in March 2020, Fellowship launched #TheVirtualShip, a virtual extension of the churches ministry, which engages an average weekly audience of 25,000 people. During Sharpe’s two year tenure as Senior Pastor, Fellowship Chicago has welcomed over 800 new members, experienced record growth in finances, advocated the importance of mental health, and impacted countless lives through community partnerships. During the global pandemic, Sharpe unrelentingly believed that, “Although the building was closed, the church was still open.”
While Reverend Reginald Wayne Sharpe Jr. is mostly known for his preaching ministry, those closest to him know that he values quality time with family and friends, is a committed student of theology and homiletics, and believes in the virtue of kindness. In December 2015, Reverend Sharpe married the gifted and talented, Brianna Sullivan Sharpe. Together they serve in ministry and currently live in Chicago, Illinois.
RWS Jr. Biography Updated April 2022