The Presbytery of New York City has announced the death of a beloved friend and pastor; the Rev. Dr. James “Jim” Foster Reese. Rev. Reese passed away on June 17th surrounded by his wife Neola and family. The family is planning a service that will be held in Hartford, CT.  (Details are forthcoming). Please pray for Mrs. Reese and the entire family and honor their request for privacy at this time. Cards of condolences may be sent to:

Mrs. Neola Reese, 1 Chatfield Drive, Apt. 302, West Hartford, CT 06110

“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33.27

Service (including livestream login information) information for Rev. Dr. James Foster Reese is as follows:

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Friday, June 24, 2022

  • 2:00 PM Viewing
  • 3:00 PM Witness to the Resurrection

First Presbyterian Church of Hartford: 136 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106, Zoom

Livestream login information: Click here to join the Zoom Service, Meeting ID: 824 5216 5808, Passcode: 523340, One tap mobile: +16465588656,,82452165808#,,,,*523340# US (New York) +13017158592,,82452165808#,,,,*523340# US (Washington D.C)

NYC Presbyterians may want to consider carpooling or traveling by bus or train to Union Station Hartford. Another Service will be held in New York City at a later date

Reverend James Foster Reese

Born in 1924, James Reese was a native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He received a B.S. from Knoxville College, a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Master of Education in Religious Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rev. Reese was first called to be Pastor of Trinity United Presbyterian Church and Miller’s Ferry Presbyterian Church in Alabama. He was next called to serve as Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church on the campus of Knoxville College. He served as Professor of Homiletics in Kenya, and upon his return, agreed to serve as the Christian Education Consultant for the Synod of Catawba in Charlotte, N.C.

Prior to his “retirement” in 1993, Rev. Reese served in a number of positions with the Presbyterian Church, with his last being the Director of the Racial Ethnic Ministry Unit. Post-Retirement he served as the Interim Executive Presbyter for the Presbyteries of New York City, Detroit and Newark. At age 93, he “re-retired” as Supply Pastor for the Germantown Community Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, PA.

Rev. Reese was always known as an outstanding preacher and was often called to preach at events and programs across the country, he was a lifetime member of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, and a tireless advocate for racial and social justice.