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.
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
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.
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.
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!!!