Michael Reid (evangelist)
Michael Reid (born 1944) was a Christian evangelist in Essex, England and founder of Peniel Pentecostal Church (aka Michael Reid Ministries). He resigned from the role of pastor at Peniel Church in April 2008 after admitting to an extra-marital sexual relationship.
Along with his wife, Rev. Ruth Reid, he travelled globally and claims to have witnessed miraculous healings through his ministry, although a 1999 investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority was unable to substantiate the claims.
He is the author and co-author of several books and a founder member of the Christian Congress for Traditional Values (CCTV) to monitor challenges to family life and traditional belief in the UK. He was also a leading figure in the organisation's campaign challenging the BBC over its decision to screen Jerry Springer - The Opera on television.
In April 2008, Reid admitted to an extramarital sexual relationship and resigned from the leadership of Peniel Pentecostal Church, stating that "It is with great sorrow and regret that I have resigned from the church board and have stepped down from official duties. I confess that I have sinned by committing adultery. I recognize that I have failed in my duties and acted in a way that harmed the Church. I take full responsibility for my actions and so I resigned. I apologize to my wife and family and all of you whose trust I have betrayed and ask for your forgiveness and prayers."
- "Stand by your man and put a ribbon in your hair", The Guardian, 10 December 2000
- "Miracle ad does not wash with watchdog", The Guardian, 13 April 1999
- "Church defends miracle cure campaign", BBC News, 12 April 1999
- "Legal threat over Springer opera ", 3 June 2005
- BBC blog accessed 11 April 2008
- Talk To Action blog, accessed 11 April 2008
- HYPOCRISY IS THE GREATEST LUXURY, BEFOREiFORGET blog 9 April 2008
- "Bash Bishop is a Jerry Sinner", The Sun, 9 April 2008
- "Bishop who preached family values finally admits: I am an adulterer", The Daily Mail, 10 April 2008