Our History



In 1949 Bishop Frank Madison Reid, Sr., the Presiding Bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District, saw importance of establishing  an African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Greenview community and appointed Rev. L. M. Seward as the first pastor of Reid Chapel in 1953. In 1953 V.V. Reid Kindergarten was established and the next year, 1954 Reid Chapel held its 1st Worship Service. He is now a retired Presiding Elder and currently a member of Reid Chapel.

Rev. Arthur L. Holmes was the second pastor from 1956-1957. He introduced the beginning of a financial management system to eradicate the church's liability. Rev. Reuben S. Turner was assigned as the third pastor from 1957-1964. The first Gospel Choir and Sunbeam Choir were organized under his administration. Rev. J. W. Witherspoon was the fourth pastor from 1964-1969. The church elected its first Board of Trustees while he was pastor.

Rev. A. M. Bonner was appointed as the fifth pastor from 1969-1974. The highlight of his tenure was the construction of the old sanctuary. It was dedicated on October 29, 1972. Rev. Eddie Mays became the sixth pastor in 1974. During his term, the Women's Missionary Society organized the first family day observance in the history of the church.

Rev. Melvin Richardson became the seventh pastor in 1975. He served until his death in 1989. His accomplishments were many. Under his tenure, the church paid off its mortgage eight years in advance. A bus and two vans were purchased and the church expanded its community outreach programs. He organized the M. Richardson Scholarship Club for the church's college bound high school graduates.

On May 10, 1989 Rev. James R. Glover became the eighth pastor of Reid Chapel. Under his pastorate numerous organizations were established. His most exhilarating and challenging experience was the construction of our existing sanctuary and the Ruth C. Simons Family Life Center. In addition, a new wing was added to the school and several parcels of land were purchased.

On December 4, 2004 the Rev. Norvel Goff, Sr. was appointed as the ninth pastor of Reid Chapel. During his tenure a renewed spirit was witnessed which resulted in increased attendance and growth in membership. With his commitment to hard work and leadership: necessary renovations were done to the school and church, new ministries were organized and the mortgages were paid off on the Church and the Ruth C. Simons Family Life Center.

On November 14, 2014  Rev. Carey A. Grady was appointed Reid Chapel's 10th  and current pastor. He takes the Preaching and Teaching Ministry very seriously as he continues the legacy of the Church. The following initiatives have been started: the 7:00 AM Early Morning Prayer Line on Monday – Friday, a Christmas Gala, Martin Luther King Trip to Atlanta, Pizza with the Pastor, Motorcycle Bike Blessing, Greek Sunday, Spoken Word, Midnight Basketball, Youth Block Parties and the establishment of the Praise Team.

The Mission of Reid Chapel AME Church is to Express the Love and Will of God through  the Worship, Work, and Wisdom of God: through the Preaching, Teaching and Creative Arts Ministries, Evangelism, Discipleship, Stewardship, Social Justice, Economic Development and Community Outreach. To God Be The Glory!!!


  • Mar

    Word and Worship
    Time: 12:00 PM
  • Mar

    Bible Study
    Time: 06:30 PM
  • Mar

    Reid Chapel Worship Service
    Time: 10:00 AM
  • Sep

    V.V. Reid Academy Father and Daughter Dance
    Date:Sep 23, 2017
    Time: 07:00 PM
  • Sep

    Columbia Conference South Carolina Annual Conference
    Date:Sep 27, 2017
    Time: 12:00 AM

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