I Am New to the North Campus
- n 2006, Reid Temple became “One Church in Two Locations” with the opening of a second worship location in the cafeteria of Blair High School in Silver Spring (Montgomery County), Maryland. The expansion location was dubbed “Reid Temple-North,” but before the first service was assembled—indeed, before the new congregation’s members even ventured into their new territory—they engaged in much prayer and research led by the our Executive Minister Reverend Matthew L. Watley. 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. Rev. Watley and the members of Reid Temple-North wanted to be a part of that!
- The dedicated, energetic stewards of the Silver Spring congregation sought to replicate the models of ministry that were active at Reid Temple-Glenn Dale, while capitalizing on the many opportunities that were unique to the new location. Initially, membership growth was sporadic, but attendance at Sunday services soon began to spiral upward, to over 700 persons each week. The thriving congregation’s leaders realized that they were fast outgrowing the rented high school space, with its many limitations and restrictions. Through the faithfulness of the campus membership as well as with assistance from Reid Temple-Glenn Dale, they launched a capital campaign in 2008 to raise funds to procure a permanent location in Montgomery County.
- The current Reid Temple-North campus, conveniently located in an emerging commercial district off Colesville Road in Silver Spring, was formerly the site of a charter school. The congregation acquired a seven-year lease and began the work of renovating the building, meeting with multiple setbacks and challenges along the way. Still, they persevered, working and praying to move their vision to fruition.
- Reid Temple-North opened its doors on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Like its Glenn Dale counterpart, the North Campus also serves its congregation’s multiple spiritual, emotional, and physical needs. Its sanctuary seats 1,100 persons. It also features a 65-seat choir loft, a baptismal pool, a nursery, multi-purpose rooms, a warming kitchen, classrooms, and meeting space for a growing number of ministries, and administrative office space. Reid Temple’s bookstore also has a location on the North site. And the membership of the congregation is still growing! Through this growth Reid Temple North led the way in launching Reid Temple’s three Campus, Reid Temple DC.
- Truly, God continues to bless Reid Temple, at all three locations. With our combined congregations, we are today the largest A.M.E. church in the Second Episcopal District. Our total membership, currently exceeds 15,000 congregants.