It is a great honor to focus the “Golden Spotlight” on a church leader that I have known and worked with for years. He is often referred to as “Bro. Dave” by some of his close associates. After reading his brief bio you will agree that he is a “Super” servant for God and mankind, Rev. Robert David Reid.
When and where were you born?
March 4, 1943 in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.
What is your spouse’s name?
Carol Leanita Perkins Reid.
How long have you been married? 49 Years.
Do you have children? If yes, how many and their names. Three children – Eric Bernard Reid, Felicia Janine Reid and Pamela Taylor Pennimon.
What are your hobbies/interests? Playing and Watching Tennis, Basketball, Chess, Ping Pong.
Tell us briefly about your career including activities at The Ship.
I served as an educator and coach for 44 years which included teach-ing mathematics, serving as school counselor, and school administrator in High and Elementary Schools.
I served with the State Governor Honors Program and Migrant Education as counselor for six years. At FBBC, I served as Minister of Education for almost 20 years and Associate Minister for 24 years. Before coming to FBBC, I served as a Deacon and Associate Minister at Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church in Macon, GA.
How has your career molded you as a person? While teaching math, I learned that many students suffer from the lack of critical thinking and their parents convinced them that math was hard and they were excused from making good grades in math.
During counseling, I was able to dismiss some of the fears of studying math.
While coaching, I work with the basic fundamentals and give the individuals the confidence to try the most advanced moves of their games.
In all of my experiences, I have learned to understand the basics and the advanced will come easily.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life? That you are saved and no one can take that away no matter what their desire is.
How would you like to be remembered? As one who cared. A good husband and father and one who made a difference in making this world a better place.
What is “your message” (words of wisdom) to Generations X, Y and Z? Study and learn all you can while you are young and don’t stop learning because you have grown older.
What is your “special” Scripture? Proverbs 3:5-6…Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Writer: Elder Isaiah Whittaker Sr.