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The Rev. John Edward Nix-McReynolds dies at 57; pastor of Second Baptist Church of Santa Ana
The Rev. John Edward Nix-McReynolds dies at 57; pastor of Second Baptist Church of Santa Ana

He was a man with a booming voice but one that calmed in times of crisis. Whether it was a teenager's personal drama or a community tragedy, the Rev. John Edward Nix-McReynolds was known for his calm, caring and focused demeanor — one that could bring people together. Nix-McReynolds, the senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana, died of liver failure April 2 at UCI Medical Center. He was 57. The church, founded in 1923 in various Santa Ana homes, is Orange County's largest and oldest predominantly black church with a congregation of more than 2,000, including people who come from Riverside and Los Angeles counties to worship. Nix-McReynolds was a fixture in the...

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