Bishop Frank M. Reid, III
is an internationally known leader, innovative thinker and a preeminent power speaker.
Born in Chicago, IL in 1951, Bishop Reid is a 5th generation AME minister whose father (1972-89) and grandfather (1940-62) served the African Methodist Church as Bishops.
Reid was raised in a family that treasured distinguished educational achievement and excellence. His father and mother surrounded him with books, read to him daily and continually reminded him that “readers become leaders.”
Educationally equipped in the public school system in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Reid graduated from Central H.S. in 1969, attended the Rockefeller Foundations Yale Transitional Year Program in 1970, graduated from Yale University with a BA in 1974, Harvard Divinity School, M.Div., in 1978 and was a member of the distinguished Samuel Dewitt Proctor Fellows at United Theological Seminary, DMin., 1990.
Reid’s commitment to educational empowerment led the Governor of the state of Maryland to appoint Dr. Reid to a second term on the 17-member Board of Regents, which “oversees the system’s academic, administrative, and financial operations; formulates policy; and appoints the USM Chancellor and the Presidents of the system’s 12 institutions.”
Dr. Reid preached his trial sermon in 1971 while his father was the Pastor of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC (1968-72). His first ministerial experience was as a missionary pastor in Monrovia, Liberia West Africa at the Eliza Turner AME Church (1975-76).
After graduating from seminary, Dr. Reid was appointed to his first pastorate in the U.S., Greater Bethel AME Church in Charlotte, NC (1978-80). From 1980-88 he was the servant leader of Ward AME Church in Los Angeles and was sent by the late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins to the historic pulpit of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD where he served as Senior Pastor from October 1988 – August 2016.
All of the congregations that Dr. Reid served, achieved tremendous spiritual, intellectual, economic, political and numerical growth and empowerment.
While pastoring in Charlotte, NC students would walk from Johnson C. Smith University to worship, witness and work at Greater Bethel AME Church.
In Los Angeles Ward AME Church was the center for the Free South Africa Movement on the West Coast and was extremely active in Rev. Jesse Jackson’s historic 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns. Because of Ward’s leadership in spiritual and social transformation, Reid received an NAACP Image Award for outstanding social engagement and for partnership in writing plays that addressed relevant social issues.
As Senior Pastor of Bethel Baltimore, Dr. Reid led the congregation to become one church in two locations. Bethel maintained the main sanctuary in Baltimore city and expanded to a thriving location in Baltimore County. For 27 years Bethel led the way in encouraging, equipping and empowering people to make a difference and change the world.
A “thought leader on issues of culture”; Dr. Reid served as consultant on the 1980’s NBC comedy AMEN. Bishop Reid’s outstanding leadership and preaching has been recognized with numerous awards, in publications and on national platforms including: The H. Beecher Hicks Outstanding Preacher’s Award, Cover Story for Charisma Magazine, Senior Statesman of The Hampton’s Minister’s Conference (2016), Father of The Year by the National Diabetes Organization, The Harlow Fulwood Community Championship Award, The Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP Leadership Award
In the 1990’s the legendary Outreach of Love TV Ministry featuring the messages of Dr. Reid, reached millions on BET, The Armed Services, and The Word Networks. The Outreach of Love impacted and impressed an entire generation of preachers and teachers of the gospel.
From 2002-2008 Bethel and Dr. Reid played an important part in the HBO series, “The Wire.” Bethel and Dr. Reid were mentioned positively and regularly throughout the series; a worship service was filmed at Bethel of Dr. Reid preaching and The Outreach of Love Choir singing.
Dr. Reid authored two influential and bestselling books, “The Nehemiah Plan and Resto. ring the House of God.” The Nehemiah Plan is an excellent book on rebuilding broken lives and communities. He co-authored with Dr. Jeremiah Wright, “When Black Men Stand Up for God: Reflections on the Million Man March.”
Bishop Reid believes in the power of ecumenism. He works tirelessly to create an dialogue that will benefit both faith and secular communities.
Positive, Prophetic, Powerful, Proactive and Passionate are the words often used to describe Dr. Reid’s global and radical Christ centered ministry.
His greatest legacy is his faith and family. He has been married to the woman he calls “Lady” Marlaà Reid since March 15, 1980. Together they are the proud parents of three gifted children: Shane Alexander, FranShon Mariee’ and Faith Mirachelle.
Bishop Reid was elected as the 138th Bishop of the AME Church in July of 2016. Bishop Reid is a third generation Bishop in the Reid Family. His election was historic for the AME Church. For the first time in AME history 3 generations of the Reid men were elevated to the Episcopacy.
Currently, Bishop Reid serves as the Ecumenical Officer and the Endorsing Agent for the AME Church. Under his leadership the Chaplaincy is growing and expanding for greater impact. He now also serves as the Presiding Prelate of Third Episcopal District.
Now, in the sage/mentor stage of his life and ministry, Dr. Reid is spending most of his time equipping future generations to glorify God in faith, family, fitness and finance.