Dr. Frank M. Reid, Oct. 13 launched a yearlong observation of his 25 years of pastoral service at Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, themed “Honoring the Footprints of a Legend.”

During his 9:45 a.m. service in east Baltimore, Reid stood among nearly 500 congregants, as many members and notables came together to honor one of Baltimore’s most prominent clergyman.

“He is a great pastor, teacher and leader,” City Comptroller Joan Pratt told the AFRO. “He’s given us support, love and is a very compassionate preacher.”

Pratt, who’s been a Reid Temple member since 1976, said she expects Reid to continue to build God’s kingdom and bring the lost into the church.

Proclamations were presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Marilyn Mosby, on behalf of her husband Councilman Nick Mosby, and Pratt.

Blake said during the presentation that it was a pleasure to be there to “celebrate your 25th Pastoral Anniversary.”

“I’m grateful to be in the number,” Blake said. “Congratulations on doing good work and may God shed favor in your life.”

During the service, the robe Reid wore 25 years ago when he delivered his first sermon as a minister at Bethel AME was hung at the pulpit during the service.

“When you think big for God, God will do big things for you,” Reid said as the crowd applauded.

Bishop Sam Green of the 12th Episcopal District spoke in honor of Reid and the Rev. Steve Jones sang, “Jesus You’re the Center of My Joy” which was noted as Reid’s favorite song.

The yearlong celebration will include monthly celebrations that focus on Reid’s ministry. There will be a family reunion, a New Generation Circle group, a meeting to discuss a Legend’s impact on men and women and a Legend concert.