Rev. Dr. Melvin Grimes, Executive Director
Rev. Dr. Melvin Grimes has been chosen by the Churches United of the Quad City Area Board of Directors to serve as Executive Director.
Dr. Grimes has been active in the ministries of Churches United for much of his adult life. The past president of Churches United’s board of directors most recently served as Interim Executive Director and, previously, as Treasurer on the board executive committee for the 57-year-old organization.
A Quad City native, Dr. Grimes received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Divinity from Grace Valley Theological Seminary in Edinburgh, Texas. Dr. Grimes acknowledged his call to the ministry and was licensed by the Second Baptist Church in Rock Island and ordained in 1975. He served as the Assistant Pastor to Second Baptist, pastor at Corinthian Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, and pastor at the historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. In November 1989, Dr. Grimes accepted the call to pastor Tabernacle Baptist Church, Moline, where he continues to serve with distinction.
Dr. Grimes is a member on numerous boards and committees in the Quad-Cities area. He also serves as Financial Secretary for the Wood River Baptist District Association and as instructor in the Baptist General State Congress Christian Education. Dr. Grimes served as a part of the Christian Educations Staff for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.
Dr. Grimes is a commissioner and Chairman of the Board for the Moline Housing Authority; serves on the State of Illinois Council on Aging, Aldridge Early Learning Center board of directors, as Chairperson of the Stewartville Neighborhood Partnership, and is President of the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.
In April of 2009, Dr. Grimes received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Church Women United. In June of 2010, Dr. Grimes received the Image Award in Religion from the Rock Island County NAACP Branch and has also received recognition from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for his long time support of their youth programs.
In April of 2016, Dr. Grimes received the Alvira Long Memorial Award for Commissioners. The award was presented by the North Central Regional Conference of NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials), in recognition of Housing Authority Commissioners who demonstrate exceptional leadership in their respective community.
Churches United of the Quad City Area
Escalating Violence in the Quad-Cities
The Call to the Church to Act
All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good persons to do nothing. That is old wisdom, but wise nevertheless.
Over the past several weeks there has been an escalation of physical violence that has resulted in the senseless killing of teenagers and recently a father on June 10th in Davenport. This should not have happened. No parent should have to bury their children. No person should have to be taken from their family in the prime of their life.
My question and concern is: How long do we who are a part of the family of believers keep talking and yet do nothing? Do we as churches continue to talk until this type of tragedy impacts our parishioners?
The Call to the Church to Act
If we as the community of churches are concerned about this issue, then we must act. Therefore, as the Executive Director of Churches United, I am challenging our member churches to:
- Remind members of the moral, social and spiritual destructiveness of violence to churches, families and citizens of the greater Quad-City area.
- That leaders and or members of our member churches participate in upcoming community forums that will facilitate discussion and solutions to the surge of violence in our community.
- We as the church community pray for all families who have been affected by any kind of violence.
- We as the church community pray for those individuals who resort to violence, specifically gun violence, as an outlet and/or solution for their personal frustrations.