Reverend Joe L. Callahan, Jr. is the former Senior Pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico, where he served for nineteen years, mentoring and growing many young ministers, including the current pastor, who took over the pulpit following Rev. Callahan’s exit. Additionally, for 2 1/2 years, he worked in the position of State President for the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist State Convention, Inc. of New Mexico in affiliation with the National Baptist Convention. Reverend Callahan is a certified instructor for numerous classes within the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. At the District level, Rev. Callahan served as Moderator for the Jerusalem District Association of Southeast New Mexico for twelve years. His experiences in ministry come from both layman and clergy perspectives.
Rev. Callahan served as a deacon for two years and accepted his calling as God’s messenger in 1995. Since 1995, he has grown tremendously in the national, state, and local kingdom work. A wide range of experiences have well equipped Rev. Callahan in the areas of church administration, evangelism, teaching and preaching biblical truths, as well as in technology.
Rev. Callahan is also skillful in church financial management. Under the leadership of Rev. Callahan, the following accomplishments were facilitated: purchase of property to the north, south, and east of the church for future expansion; remodeled the sanctuary; designed the blueprint and managed the construction of a 9,500 sq. ft. Family Life Center in April 2004. To this point, mortgages on two major facilities were paid in full under his leadership: 1) St. John Baptist Church Family Life Center, and 2) the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist State Convention Camp – Camp Patten.
Rev. Callahan was born and raised in Rome, Georgia. After graduating from East Rome High School, he joined the United States Air Force. After 22 years of service, Rev. Callahan retired from the United States Air Force in 2002. During his time on active duty, Rev. Callahan served in the Gulf War and managed over $6,000,000 in military assets and supervised 1,500 maintenance personnel.
Rev. Callahan’s educational endeavors included the Community College of the Air Force, World Institute of Religious Education, Trinity College and Seminary in Newburg, Indiana, Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camilla, Georgia. He furthered his educational experience at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, where he completed a second Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry in 2012, and a Master of Divinity degree in 2016.
At an early age, Rev. Callahan recognized his gift of singing and his love for people. Rev. Callahan builds his ministry on the foundational sound teachings of Jesus Christ. He believes that the church should have comprehensive Christian Educational ministries that reach the needs of members of all ages and the community. Through his devout studies and diligence in seeking the Lord, Rev. Callahan has received the vision for Life Shaping Ministries to help ordinary people become empowered to do extraordinary things to enhance the kingdom building work and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Callahan was called to Pastor Second Baptist Church of Kansas City, Missouri on February 16, 2020. It was just a few weeks prior to the nation’s pandemic crisis with COVID-19. Not even having a chance to meet his congregation, Pastor Callahan went right to work anyway. First, he encouraged the SBC technical staff to ensure our worship services could be viewed by all the world by streaming weekly. For three months each Sunday morning would feature a 6-person praise team, a few deacons and wives all masked determined to not let anything keep us from acknowledging God is still on his throne. Rev. Callahan also streamed bible study interacting with members via text and email questions real-time. Finally, Rev. Callahan refused to take a negative attitude about the nation’s situation. He led SBC to a big overhaul project of cleaning of the Lord’s house. Then he teamed with other organizations providing produce and other goods weekly to the SBC neighborhoods. We fondly say, “Don’t let him leave the building or he will come back with something to once again share with others.” We are proud God has sent him our way.