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REED, Dr. Millard C. December 27, 2012. For 31 years, Millard C. Reed was a servant-leader in Nashville. From 1974 to 1991, he served as senior pastor at Nashville's First Church of the Nazarene, the mother church of the South; from 1991 to 2005 he was President of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. In both capacities, he served the people of the greater Nashville community. As pastor of one of Nashville's larger churches, "Pastor" Reed (as he was and is still lovingly called) served the people of his church and any others who needed a pastoral visit, an ear that could listen, and a friend. His ministry was characterized by his concern for his flock-a concern that was demonstrated by his rigorous visitation schedule to hospitals, nursing homes, and in any other location where he was needed. As President of Trevecca Nazarene University, President Reed served and led in a different area-mostly the scholarship needs of students. Under his leadership Trevecca gained recognition for its innovative degree-completion program that allows students to earn an undergraduate degree while they continue in their careers. Trevecca's education programs expanded, and for some years Trevecca had more graduates teaching in Tennessee public schools than did any other school in the state. Under his leadership, the institution moved from Level III to Level V being the first Nazarene College/University to offer the Ed.D. Doctoral Program. The accomplishments of his presidency included the achievement of a much stronger financial foundation, initiation of a $3-million campus improvement plan that included a new main entrance to the university, and the successful completion of its largest ever capital campaign that raised $28 million for the Waggoner Library, an increased endowment, and additional operating funds. He received an A.B. from Olivet Nazarene College in 1955 and Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 1961. He had two years of doctoral work at the University of Chicago from 1961-63 and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Vanderbilt University in 1979. He served as Chaplain for the Nashville Optimist Club, was a member of the Rotary Club, was on the Board of East Nashville Cooperative Ministry, and the Board of Directors for Tennessee Preparatory School. He was the first recipient of Operation Andrew's Pastor of the Year Award (2007), a member of Billy Graham Committee for Nashville Crusade, and Czar Palaver Club. Dr. Reed married his high school sweetheart, the former Barbara Cunningham. He is survived by his four children, Stephen Reed (Diane), Deborah Reed, Paul Reed (Lisa), and John Reed (Heather Lose); grandchildren, Rebecca Derchy, Sarah Moore, Sarah Anna and John Mark Reed, Jr., Ashley Dean (Tyler), and Elizabeth Reed; great-granddaughter, Gabriella Derchy; sister, Martha Garvin (George). Funeral services will be Sunday at 5 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland St. Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Millard and Barbara Reed Scholarship Fund at Trevecca Nazarene University or Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms. PHILLIPS-ROBINSON FUNERAL HOME, phillipsrobinson.com, (615) 262-3312. Still Family Owned.
Published in The Tennessean from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012