Neil W. Reid’s pastoral ministry began in Northeastern Conference at the Community SDA Church in a small rural town in Utica, New York in 1989. Since then, he has served in five other congregations and three conferences. Neil’s experienced a personal invitation to pastoral ministry while completing his studies in Aviation at the State University of New York in Farmingdale. After wrestling with the implications of the call for one year, he transferred to Oakwood College, now Oakwood University, to complete the Theology and Biblical Languages degrees. During two years of patiently working and waiting for a professional pastoral placement, Neil honed his skills for ministry by working as a foster care caseworker for a private agency and a court investigator for abused and neglected children for the New York City Bureau of Child Welfare.
Neil’s parents, eleven siblings, Caribbean country upbringing, work experience, and educational preparation at Oakwood, Andrews University, and United Theological seminary prepared him to share the blessings and endure the burdens of ministry. In March 2006, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Executive Committee extended the call for Neil to serve as Ministerial Director for the Central Region. He provides oversight of the congregations and pastors from northern Atlanta to Collegedale, Tennessee. While the responsibilities are weighty, God has provided strong support for him through the ministries of his wife, Laurell; son, Nakeil; Ministerial team, Victor, Harold, Rick, and Miguel; and the Central Region pastors and members.
The consuming passion of Neil’s life and ministry is to “get the word out” about the soon return of Jesus Christ and help nurture pastors and believers to do the same through a compassionate lifestyle that reflects the vision, mission, and values of our Lord!