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Steadfast and daring in his refusal to accept mediocrity in ministry, the Reverend Dr. Lee P. Washington has been Reid Temple A.M.E. Church’s biblically based and Holy Spirit-led Senior Pastor for 34 years. Since then, his extraordinary vision, unconventional leadership, and prophetic calling have manifested daily miracles in the life of our church.

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 the Month.”

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.


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As we continue to change lives by His Spirit and fulfill God’s plan, Reid Temple holds fast to a simple yet profound passage from the Holy Bible - HAVE FAITH IN GOD.

We strive to demonstrate unshakeable faith moving our church to ever-greater heights and more meaningful involvement in the communities we serve through Almighty God.

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