Rev. Joseph P. Deck, III is the Minister to Men for more than 4,000 men at Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, where he is responsible for their spiritual direction. The Men’s Ministry includes Friday Night Bible Study “Where Jesus is exalted and the Word of God is explained.” Joseph was licensed to preach in 2002, when he joined the ministerial staff at Reid Temple AME. He serves God in many roles in the church, such as Boot Camp Discipleship Teacher, Instructor for New Members Orientation, and assistance to the Minister of Pastoral Care.
At various times during the absence of the Pastor, Rev. Deck will teach mid-week Bible Study and on occasion will preach Sunday morning service at the pleasure of the Pastor; Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington. He is a faculty member of the Reid Temple Patricia Clark Christian Institute where he taught a class “The Spiritual Essence of a Complete Man” that has motivated him to write two books on this topic and “Meditations that Improve the Lives of Men.” Both are slated to be completed by the end of 2013. He has also taught the “Black Presence in the Bible.” He is a contributing writer to “The Discipleship Manual, authored by Rev. Washington and published by Reid Temple AME Church. Joseph takes studying the Scriptures seriously to help people understand the Word of God. He has a passion to empower men, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. He serves as a mentor to many young and older men. He delivers Sunday Worship Services twice a month at the Residence Senior Assisted Living Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Rev. Deck feels that Isaiah 50:4-9, which is the third servant passage, reflects who he is. The passage speaks to the servant, who had an encouraging word from the Lord for those around him. The servant’s fellowship brought him confidence in the most difficult situations. That is why it is fitting that Joseph is the Executive Director of the Festival Center, home of the Servant Leadership School, where he organizes classes and workshops in the area of social, economic, ecological, Biblical justice, theology, scripture, prayer, racial reconciliation, and Servant Leadership.
Called to the ministry of reconciliation; Joseph completed an intensive course of study at the Duke Divinity School, Institute of Reconciliation in Durham, North Carolina. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a concentration in International Business from Potomac College. He desires to complete seminary work through the Doctorate level. He has completed 5 years of study in the AME Church Board of Examiners, and is ordained an Itinerant Deacon as a member of the Washington Annual Conference of the 2nd Episcopal District.
Joseph has lectured to seminarians about the history of the AME Church, and its connection to Anglicanism, at the Virginia Theological Seminary located in Alexandria, Virginia. His ministry is ecumenical in scope which has led to many preaching assignments in various denominational and nondenominational pulpits across the country.
Committed to social justice and spiritual activism, he sits on the Board of Directors of Jubilee Jobs, an organization that placed 1,004 persons in jobs that generated $12 million for the Washington DC economy and on the Board of Directors for Open Arms for Family Inc. that has a mission to lead people out of poverty by sustaining the health and welfare of families and children.
His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." His call to preach and to teach is an expression of his ultimate calling: to bring glory to God and to serve His people.