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Rev. Frank Reid, pastor of Bethel AME Church, will now be a bishop. (Courtesy photo)

Members of Baltimore’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches celebrated the victory of the Rev. Frank Madison Reid III, pastor of Bethel AME Church, being elected as bishop on July 11 during the group’s quadrennial conference in Philadelphia.

Rev. Reid is the third member of his family, following his father and grandfather, to become a bishop.

Lauretta Freeman, a representative of Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton, noted the historic nature of Rev. Reid’s win.

“I am so pleased and I’ve been praying and praying that he would make it,” said Freeman. “I think it’s history when you have three members in the same family who have become bishops.”

Reverend Rosalyn Crosby of Adams Chapel AME Church also expressed pride in Reid’s election.

“We are really elated and proud that Reverend Frank Madison Reid III has become the bishop of the AME church at our 50th conference,” said Crosby. “I think he will do an awesome job as a bishop because he did an awesome job as a pastor.”

According to Rev. Crosby, Rev. Reid was previously her pastor when he first went to Bethel AME in 1988.