THE wife of Bishop Michael Reid, who helped him found the Peniel Academy and Pentecostal Church in Pilgrims Hatch, has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Rev Dr Ruth Reid, also co-founder of What God Can Do Ministries and who worked alongside her husband for many years, died at the age of 66, on Monday last week (December 5).
Dr Reid, who with Bishop Reid founded their former church the Peniel 35 years ago – now known as Trinity – travelled the world speaking at various conventions, helped to expand their ministry and prepared the way for various crusades and conferences set up by her husband.
From the home they shared in Coxtie Green Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Bishop Reid said: “I don’t know what to do without her. I have always been with her, always travelled with her.
“Mainly her heart was abroad in Africa, India and north America.”
He added: “She was my better half, she gave herself to the ministry full-time and to the people. She had a tremendous ministry and wrote a daily devotional that went out on the internet.”
Bishop Reid said another of his wife’s real passions was to encourage churches and pastors to develop “churches of tomorrow” and the subject of her doctor of ministry was the retention of young people in churches.
Both Dr Reid and her husband also wrote their own books, ran their own television programmes broadcast across the world, and were vice-chancellors of universities in Nairobi in Kenya and Nagpur in India.
Dr Reid was actually born in Uganda, but moved back to England at the age of just four.
Later in life she achieved a degree in sociology and Chinese at Leeds University and a diploma in applied social studies from Cardiff University, which qualified her to work as a child care officer before moving into full-time ministry.
She has also achieved an MA in practical theology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States, and graduated with her doctor of ministry degree in 2005, at the age of 60 from the same university.
She leaves behind Bishop Reid, her three children and six grandchildren. All friends and well-wishers are invited to pay their respects at services in the coming week.