It was Pastor Washington who, in 1989, led Reid Temple from its Northeast
Washington, D. C., location to Lanham, Maryland. At that time, the church
membership numbered only 300 worshipers. Guided by his pragmatic approach to
ministry and a simple theme, "Have Faith in God," which he received
by revelation, the membership grew to over 1,500 within three years.
By 2001, under God’s guidance and Pastor Washington’s leadership, the Reid
Temple AME Church congregation acquired 32 acres of land in suburban Glenn
Dale, Maryland. There, it built the spacious, ultra-modern sanctuary and
educational worship complex that today houses most of the church’s multifaceted
services, programs, and ministries. In
December 2004, Pastor Washington led the first services at the Glenn Dale
campus. He continues to conduct Sunday services there.
In December 2004, Pastor Washington led the first services at the Glenn Dale
campus. He continues to conduct Sunday services there, and his Wednesday night
Bible Study classes offer a variety of subjects targeted for spiritual growth
and discipleship development on topics ranging from “Spiritual Warfare”, “The
Resurrection of the Black Man and Black Woman”, and “Spiritual Health and
Spiritual Happiness. He is frequently quoted on issues related to the
“mega-church” phenomena and has been featured in the Washington Post, Washington
Times, Bowie Gazette, PG Post, and Washington
Informer newspapers. He has given numerous radio and television interviews
and has been honored on many occasions as “Pastor of the Week” and “Pastor of
In 2006 under Pastor Washington’s leadership, Reid Temple became “One Church
in Two Locations” with the opening of a second worship location. The expansion
location was dubbed “Reid Temple North.”
Montgomery County, they determined, was an ideal site for expansion, offering a
strong and growing African American population base, and in great need of
Christian witnessing and Kingdom building. The current Reid Temple North campus is conveniently located in an emerging
commercial district off Colesville Road in Silver Spring serving the multiple
spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of its congregation.
Easter Sunday of 2015 marked the return of Reid Temple AME worship services to
Washington, D.C. After 25 years, our Washington, D.C. location, Reid DC, welcomed record numbers of worshipers.
Services were first held at the E Street Cinema, then at Howard University
Theater and as of January 2017, services are now held at 6pm on Saturdays at New
Bethany Baptist Church.
Pastor Washington is a gifted preacher and teacher. His dynamic and life changing sermons can be heard every Saturday morning on WPRS 104.1FM and WYCB 1340AM. He has been featured in Upscale magazine, which identified him as a “national
spiritual leader.” The Afro-American newspaper called him “one of the
top preachers in the Washington (DC) Metro area.”
Pastor Washington received his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity
degrees from Howard University, his Bachelor of Science degree in the
behavioral and social sciences from the University of Maryland-College Park,
his Associates degree from the Community College of Baltimore, and his general
business degree from Cortez W. Peters Business College in Chicago. He is the
author of Identifying Conflict Management Strategies in a Black Church
(Vantage Press, 1987) and a contributing author to the African American
Devotional Bible (Zondervan, 1997). He has authored the following
booklets: From Membership to
Discipleship, From Membership to Fellowship: Reid Temple, The Commission
System for Corporate Churches, The Reid Temple Stewardship Manual, and
The Discipleship Development Manual.
Pastor Washington is the recipient of the National Business Honor Society
Award, an Outstanding Young Man of America award, the Henry Maynard Preaching
Award, the Howard University Excellence in Ministry Award, the Second Episcopal
District Living Legend Award in Ministry, the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps’
Martin Luther King, Jr., Award, the A.M.E. Department of Worship and
Evangelism’s Soul Winner’s Award, and the Spirituality and Medicine Award from
Howard University Hospital. He is listed among the 25 Outstanding Preachers of
Washington (DC) and Maryland, 50 National Spiritual Leaders, and Who’s Who
Among Business Executives.
Pastor Washington presently chairs the Board of Examiners for the Washington
Conference of the A.M.E. Church. He has served the A.M.E. Church as Northeast
Regional Director of Evangelism, Director of Ministry Beyond the Sanctuary (for
the Washington, D.C., Conference), Director of the Annual Conference Institute,
Dean of Christian Education Institute, Second Episcopal District, Director of
Evangelism, and Director of Stewardship. He also has been a delegate to the
last five general conferences.
Pastor Washington is married to Anna Brooks Washington. They have two sons,
Levon Lee and Brooks Paul Washington.