The Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid III, Senior Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, is an internationally known leader, innovative thinker, and preeminent power speaker. A 5th generation AME minister, Dr. Reid’s father and grandfather served the African Methodist Church as Bishops. 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 distinguished Samuel Dewitt Proctor Fellow at United Theological Seminary, earning a D. Min. in 1990.Dr. Reid preached his first 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 he was sent by the late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins to the historic pulpit of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD, where he has served as Senior Pastor since October 1988. Bethel AME is a congregation that is one church in two locations. For 26 years Bethel has led the way in encouraging, equipping, and empowering people to make a difference and change the world.
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.
As an author Dr. Reid has written two influential and bestselling books, The Nehemiah Plan and Restoring the House of God. With Dr. Jeremiah Wright he co-authored When Black Men Stand Up For God: Reflections on the Million Man March.
Positive, Prophetic, Powerful, Proactive, and Passionate are the words often used to describe Dr. Reid's global and radical Christ-centered ministry. 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.