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Bishop Reid: ‘I will never go to Crays Hill’ – Brentwood Gazette Exclusive

By Piers Meyler
Tuesday 18th June 2013

Bishop Reid - Peniel Church 2006

Bishop Reid – Peniel Church 2006

A bishop ordered by a court last week to vacate his vicarage in Brentwood has said he would rather live on the streets than go to the new home provided for him.

Dr Michael Reid, 70, the former head of Trinity Church in Coxtie Green Road, has hit out at a High Court decision to evict him, insisting that Testimony House, in Coxtie Green Road, was bought outright for him and his late wife Ruth through collections worth £275,000 in 1992.

He does not want to move to Crays Hill, near Billericay, where a house, paid for by Trinity, waits for him, likening the move to being placed in exile.

The former Metropolitan Police officer, who became a bishop was consecrated in Nigeria in 1996, said: “It was the worst thing I ever did, but I put the house in the name of the church charity as I never suspected I would be fighting for the right to remain there.

“I said ‘I’ll put it in the church’s name because I don’t want it after I die.”

The court heard he refused to leave his vicarage after he was sacked for an extra-marital affair with a member of his congregation

Dr Reid’s former colleagues have been trying to evict him from Testimony House since 2009.

He had been dismissed a year earlier after news of an affair with his PA and choir director Sheila Graziano hit the headlines and he lost an employment tribunal claim.

“I have never tried to enrich myself out of anything, never sought to enrich myself or my family,” Bishop Reid said.

“I can’t afford to go to appeal – they’ve got all my money. It’s cost me a fortune in legal fees.”

He added: “I haven’t got a plan but I will never go to Crays Hill.

“They will get the bailiffs. I will sleep on the street – I don’t care.

Read the full interview in this week’s Brentwood Gazette, out tomorrow.

By Piers Meyler

Source: http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/Bishop-Reid-Crays-Hill/story-19317256-detail/story.html

About bishopmichaelreid

Michael Reid believes by building on the foundation of our biblically based family ethos, and maintaining a focus of miracles, healing and faith, the church can expand under God-anointed leadership – regardless of ‘qualification’. There are countless examples throughout history of God using men as leaders, oftentimes, when according to human logic, they might seem unqualified for the job. Such was the case with Bishop Michael Reid, an atheist policeman, whose life was transformed by the grace of God in a meeting led by late Demos Shakarian [founder of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International]. At the meeting under divine instruction God told Demos “Go get that man, I have a work for him to do” and Bishop Reid’s life in Christ began. As he started in the work God had given him, Bishop Reid quickly discovered God had given him the gifts of healing, discernment, knowledge and deliverance. He has been operating in these gifts – praying for the sick and preaching the gospel ever since with miracles and healing following.


4 thoughts on “Bishop Reid: ‘I will never go to Crays Hill’ – Brentwood Gazette Exclusive

  1. I am so sorry to read of this; I had assumed, wrongly, in the absence of any recent reports on this matter, that the issue of Bishop’s tenure at his home had been settled. Obviously this is not the case and I pray earnestly for Bishop Reid who has continued to serve the Lord and his congregation with the utmost dedication in spite of all his troubles including ill health and bereavement. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you, Bishop. God bless you, your family and your Ministry.

    Posted by davo1012013 | 18/06/2013, 10:47 am
    • Thank you

      Posted by bishopmichaelreid | 18/06/2013, 11:40 am
      • I would add just one more point if I may – it is really a question I am asking to those who want you to leave your home of many years where all your memories lay…..’What would Jesus Do?’ We watched a movie on this theme recently which gave so many examples of what Jesus would do – usually the opposite of what us human beings do. From reading the gospels as I have, I personally have no doubt as to what Jesus would do in this case – He would leave you in your Home and with no question of this issue re-emerging. Lorna, Brandon & Georgia join me in sending love and prayers – we recall our pleasant meetings with you and Dr. Ruth in Brentwood in January, 2008 and later that year in Dublin. David

        Posted by davo1012013 | 18/06/2013, 12:39 pm


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