The Rev. Dr. John E. Freeman (Pastor John) had been the pastor of United African Methodist Episcopal Church, Xenia, Ohio, from November 2007 to December 2021. During that time he took in many new members. Since January 2022 Dr. Freeman has been the owner and pastor of U R the Church, a non-denominational congregation location is the south east part of Xenia, Ohio. He is the President of the African American Ministerial Alliance (AAMA) of Greene County; Owner of Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home, serving Springfield, Xenia, Ohio and other local communities. Prior to his appointment to United, he served at Central Chapel A.M.E. for fifteen years; under his leadership, the church grew both numerically and spiritually. Dr. Freeman previously served as a former Dean of Students and also as an Advisor and Director of the Inter-Faith Campus Ministry at Central State University and the former voice of WCSU 88.9 FM, Moments of Meditation, five days a week.
At Wilberforce University, he serves as the Dean of Religious Affairs, Community Outreach and Chaplain. During his previous administrations there he also served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students; Athletic Director; P. L. for a Minority Health Grant; Chaplain and the Director of Residence Life.
Dr. Freeman received his B.S. degree from Wilberforce University; attended Bethany and West Liberty State College in West Virginia. He received the Master of Divinity Degree from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, was President of the Student Government Association. During graduation, he received a number of awards: The Faculty Award for Outstanding Senior Sermon; The Senior Award for Outstanding Service; and was listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Pastor John received his Doctor of Ministry Degree with a focus on administration from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.