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Church Life Ministries


“If you have a birthday, you have a ministry!”

Every month, Reid Temple’s Celebration of Life Council (C.L.C.) ministry hosts special fellowship activities for all church members born in that month. This creates an instant “spiritual family” for everyone who joins Reid Temple—and it can help YOU move from membership and fellowship to stewardship and discipleship. The C.L.C. also organizes volunteer teams that provide support for other ministries’ service activities so that new members can identify the ministry (or ministries) through which they can best serve the church as disciples.  

Contact Sis. Carmen Ford, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 409, for more information on this ministry and its upcoming meeting dates and times.


The membership of Reid Temple, like that of every congregation of the A.M.E. Church since its founding, is divided into small organizational groups, called classes. All new or transferring members are assigned to a class after completing their read-in process. Each class is headed by a Class Leader, who is appointed by the Pastor and trained in the history, structure, and disciplines of the A.M.E. Church.  Because they report directly to the Pastor, Class Leaders help him to remain aware of the “pulse” of Reid Temple’s large congregation. And because they serve as under-shepherds or mini-pastors for their classes, they must also have a strong calling to love and serve others. Class Leaders call and listen to their members’ church- or faith-related questions and address their spiritual concerns before they become spiritual challenges. They also visit and pray with the sick, shut-in, and bereaved.  This ministry meets every other month on the 1st Saturday at 9:00 am.
Visit the Class Leaders' website for more details.

Contact Sis. Barbara Yearwood,  Class Leader Ministry Director, 301-352-0320, ext. 414 


“Sharing God’s love through service.”

This ministry organizes the annual Community Fair held on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus grounds every summer. This enormously popular and growing public event is just one of many ways we at Reid Temple perpetuate our vision and share with God’s people the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. It allows all the members of our congregation to fellowship with each other and members of the wider community in a wholesome, safe, and Christ-filled atmosphere. It also provides an opportunity for the church’s ministries and affiliated nonprofit organizations to set up information tables to distribute literature on their service programs and to evangelize with those who have not yet received salvation.  The member and nonmember volunteers who work in and with this ministry coordinate all of the family-friendly fun, food, and festivities. They plan carefully to ensure that all can be shared free of charge to everyone who comes to the fair. They arrange the music, vendors, arts and crafts, amusements, and more that make the event so exciting and enlightening. Most importantly, they take great pains to make sure that the Community Fair provides something for everyone—from toddlers to seniors—and that everyone feels the Power and the Presence of the Lord in our ever-expanding circle of Faith.  

This ministry’s meeting times, dates, and locations are communicated to the church and community through flyers, emails, and other means once planning activities are underway each year.  Visit the Community Fair website for more details.

Contact the Ministry Leader at 301-352-0320, ext. 451, for more information on this ministry.


“Equipping, empowering, and connecting God’s people who seek employment.”

The Reid Temple Employment Assistance Ministry calls upon trained Human Resources professionals in the congregation to organize and coordinate an array of services for church members who are unemployed or underemployed. These services include job search assistance, career/job fairs, professional development seminars, employment counseling, mentoring, interview coaching, and resume critiques. In collaboration with the Reid Temple Development Corporation (R.C.D.C.), local businesses, and federal and state government agencies, the Employment Assistance Ministry publishes and distributes a biweekly listing of  jobs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The ministry can also provide job referrals to local employers on behalf of members who utilize their services.

If you're seeking employment, please visit the website for more details.

This ministry meets every 1st Thursdays at 7:00pm or via conference call. Contact Sis. Renee Brooks, 301-352-0320, ext. 491.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) 


Members of the Flower Club Ministry are responsible for acquiring, placing, and maintaining the arrangements of lilies and other green plant decorations that adorn the church’s pulpit and sanctuary during the Easter season. They also arrange the poinsettias that adorn the church at Christmas time.

Contact Ministry Leader, Sis. Kellie Chatman 301-352-0320, ext. 425, for more information on this ministry and its upcoming meeting dates and times.


”And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

With smiles, willing assistance, and kind words of welcome, our Greeters help to create a warm and friendly atmosphere that alerts all who worship at Reid Temple that the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit is in our midst. Greeters work closely with the Usher Board and with other ministries of the church, assisting in various capacities, to ensure that all Sunday and other church services run smoothly. They are expected to prepare prayerfully, arrive early, and serve courteously at the “front lines” of our sanctuary—providing high-level hospitality service to all members and visitors as they arrive. Their motto: to provide service to the body of Christ at Reid Temple so that the Excellency of the power may be “of God, and not of us” (II Corinthians 4:7). 

Join this ministry for meetings, New Greeters training, and scheduling sessions every 4th Saturday at 9:00am. Contact Sis. Natalie Tingle-Stewart, Ministry Leader 301-352-0320, ext. 475.


"Promoting biblical healthy lifestyles, combining what the bible says with established methods of holistic living in our church and the greater community"

The Health & Wellness Ministry operates asan outreach center which promotes biblical study, good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, wellness education, health fairs and health screenings providing help to other ministries and outside organizations who wish to promote healthy lifestyles.

This ministry meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. For questions, call 301-352-0320, ext. 428.


Reid Temple’s Lay Ministry is named in honor of the late James A. Parker, a long-time member of Reid Temple who served for many years as President of the Washington (D.C.) Conference Lay Organization. It is a ministry dedicated to preserving and extending the history, traditions, principles, and discipline of the A.M.E. church and keeping forever alive the sacred memory of its founder, Richard Allen. Its members are charged with promoting the evangelistic, financial, and general well-being of African Methodism through education, service, and interaction at the local, conference, district, and connectional levels. They provide for the orderly and systematic training of laypersons within the church body, especially officers, so that the laity can perform their service assignments more effectively and convey God’s word more appropriately.  Join the members of the James A. Parker Lay Organization as we continue the legacy of Christ-Centered Faith, Teaching and Service. The JAPLO ministry meets every 4th Saturday at 10:30am on the Reid Temple-Glenn Dale Campus.

Contact Sis. Quintina Kornegay Brown, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 433.


The mission of the King David Chess Ministry is to engage members in fellowship of the game of chess and to attract new members to the Church who share a common love of the game, thereby providing the opportunity to share the good news of Christ with the chess playing community. All members, friends and families ages 6 years and up, are invited to come out, meet new players, fellowship, compete and enjoy the game. Chess lessons are provided. The ministry meets every Friday from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

For more information contact Ministry Leader Sis. Sandy Campbell at 301-352-0320 ext. 495


The members of this ministry glorify God and edify the Reid Temple Church family by utilizing their collective professional talents and business experience to provide comprehensive legal expertise and assistance on identified areas of concern to the church, to church members, and to members of the church community. Their legal advice and support guide the implementation of Pastor Washington’s vision for Reid Temple. Additionally, they advise and collaborate with other Reid Temple lay ministries as well as other legal ministries in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region on matters relating to the law and Christian organizations and activities. The Legal Affairs Ministry also creates and nurtures relationships with youth who are interested in pursuing legal careers, promoting and encouraging mentor/mentee relationships with pre-law, undergraduate, and law students among the congregation and in the community.

Call 301-352-0320, ext. 434, for more information on this ministry and its upcoming meeting dates and times.


The M.E.M. provides spiritual, recreational and informational activities for married couples to help them achieve a healthy and Christ-centered relationship. 

Contact Bro. Marlon Broady or Sis. Kisha Broady, Ministry Co-Leaders, 301-352-0320, ext. 436, for more information on this ministry and the dates, times, and locations of its upcoming events.

Please visit the website for more details.


This ministry organizes and coordinates a 12-week series of classes that are required of all engaged couples who wish to be married at Reid Temple. These sessions provide information and guidance about the Biblical covenant of marriage, communication styles and tactics, conflict resolution, and other important topics for Christian couples. 

Contact Bro. Clifton Hoffler or Sis. Mary Hoffler, Ministry Co-Leaders at rtg.pmgw@gmail.com or 301-352-0320, ext. 435, for more information on this ministry and the dates, times, and locations of its upcoming classes.


“Train for the Glory of God; it is your temple in His house.”

Members of this ministry are guided in the traditional Kanzen Goju Ryu style of martial arts (karate) not simply to gain the coveted black belt or to elevate themselves to higher skill levels. Rather, they train to put their bodies and minds more fully in service to our Lord Jesus Christ. The expert instructors who head this ministry teach students to strive for totality, perfection, and completeness in all they do, blending elements of karate with Reid Temple’s Sunday School and Christian discipleship instruction to heighten students’ spiritual growth.

Cost: Donations accepted. Students must purchase their own uniforms, belt promotion exams, protective padding, and other items. 

Dress: Loose-fitting clothing or traditional white gi (karate uniforms). Parents or guardians must sign and return a completed permission/waiver for children younger than 18. Elementary and secondary school students must maintain a “C” average in school to participate. 

This ministry meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:55pm. 

  • Youth classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00pm to 7:55pm. 
  • Adult classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:05pm to 9:05pm.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE/VOLUNTEER Contact Bro. Derrick Bostic, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 400.


The Military Support Group Ministry (MSGM) mission is to educate its ministry members and military families in the church using internal and external partnerships to bring resources to support and address their concerns and issues.  Membership is granted to all members of Reid Temple AME church.  All are welcome to join.  Our ministry use resources provided by the local county, the State of Maryland, the Department of Veterans Affairs, local non-profit organizations  and all other resources that provided services to support military families and Veterans.

Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at the main campus from 9:00am to 11:00am. Ministry meetings are subject to be moved if the ministry have an activity on meeting day. Please contact point of contacts below if you have any questions.

Contact Bro. Derrick Bostick 301-352-0320 ext. 496


 "Blessed are you, who help someone else, for you are also helping yourself.”

Reid Temple’s S.H.A.R.E. Ministry is a service of the Queen Jefferson Women’s Missionary Society. Through it, the church serves as a S.H.A.R.E. Ministry Host Site and part of a network of organizations and volunteers called S.H.A.R.E. D.C. that serves the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern VirginiaThe network functions like a food co-op, purchasing frozen meats, fish, and poultry as well as vegetables, fruits, and other staples in bulk at wholesale prices—often for less than half what you’d pay at the grocery store! S.H.A.R.E. D.C. Volunteers then divide the bulk orders into equal units, called packages, and transport the packages to the Host Sites for distribution to participating individuals and families. 

Reid Temple S.H.A.R.E. is affordable, accessible, and convenient. Here’s how it works: 

  1. REGISTER: S.H.A.R.E. is open to all—if you eat, you qualify! Simply register and pay $20 for each package of food you want. Cash, money orders, Master Card/Visa, and E.B.T. cards (food stamps) are accepted.
  2. VOLUNTEER: Give at least two hours a month to assist the Reid Temple S.H.A.R.E. Ministry or S.H.A.R.E. D.C. in packaging or delivering orders or providing other services.
  3. PICK UP: Take your food receipt and volunteer service receipt to the Reid Temple Host Site and pick up your groceries. Be sure to sign up for next month!

Participants can sign up for S.H.A.R.E. distributions every 2nd Sunday after 7:15am and 10:30am services (or every 1st Sunday if a Monday holiday falls after the 2nd Sunday). S.H.A.R.E. food packages are distributed every 3rd and 4th Saturday from 8:30am to 9:30am. 

Contact Clarisa Quarles,  301-352-0320, ext. 458.


The Sponsor-A-Child Ministry provides Christmas gifts to children of families experiencing a financial hardship during the holiday season.  Gifts are obtained through a registration process for children up to age 17 as well as single parents and persons with special needs up to age 21. Registered children are aligned with an individual who registers as a Sponsor, to purchase gifts for one or more children. The Sponsor-A-Child Program begins each year during mid- to late-October and concludes after the Christmas holiday, however, preparation occurs throughout the year.  The Ministry has provided gifts to over 2300 children annually during the past three years thanks to the support of willing volunteers and Sponsors.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Ministry, send an email to RTAMESAC@gmail.com or call the Ministry Leader, Sis. Pamela Locks  (301) 352-0320 ext. 460


The Reid Temple Sports Ministry organizes sports-related fun and fellowship activities for and among the church membership and with other churches. The objective of all its programs and events is to help build character and camaraderie while providing outlets for healthy physical activity.

Contact Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 463, for more information on this ministry and its upcoming meeting dates and times.


The members of the Wedding Ministry provide guidance and premarital counseling to engaged couples. They are also tasked to ensure that all weddings at Reid Temple honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that couples who use the Reid Temple sanctuary and/or other facilities for wedding ceremonies are informed about and adhere to the church’s policies regarding marriage and weddings. They are also responsible for restoring the sanctuary and grounds to proper order after each wedding ceremony.  This ministry meets quarterly. Wedding planning consultations by appointment only. 

Contact Sis. Sheila Jennings, Ministry Leader, 301-352-0320, ext. 474.