Rev. Christina Dawn Reed, B.A., M. Div.
Payne Chapel AME Church is blessed to have Reverend Christina Dawn Reed as our pastor. She is the youngest of six children born to Reverend Doctor Rodger Hall Reed, Sr. and Dr. Shirley Cason Reed, Licensed Missionary, on January 20, 1977 in Annapolis, Maryland. She is a graduate of Richmond Community High School, Richmond, Virginia. Reverend Reed received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theatre Theory and Performance from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia in May 2000. She received her Masters of Divinity on May 7, 2011 from the Turner Theological Seminary at The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta Georgia. She is certified to work with school-aged children and to teach Water Environment Studies. She is a 2012 Hunger Justice Leader for the advocacy group Bread for the World, and serves with the Pan-African Women of Bread for the World.
Reverend Christina is the founder of Glorious Movement Ministries-a ministry focused currently on performing arts (Theatre, Dance, Mime, Step) and mentorship, and is hoping to expand her ministry to victims of human trafficking and abused women.
She was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in April of 2013. She has served as the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at Ward Memorial AME Church in North East Washington, DC; served as the Worship Minister and Youth Pastor to Young Women (MC Jewelz) at Moses Chapel AME Church, Atlanta, GA. Reverend Christina has conducted workshops and preached across the connectional AME Church, as well as for the National Baptist Student Union (NBSU), and for The University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She is a playwright and hopes to soon be an author.
Reverend Christina is the former pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Duffields, WV; St. John-Wayman AME Church, Bridgewater, PA; and is currently excited to be serving as the pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church, Duquesne, PA. She is a firm believer in fighting social injustices, the liberation of all people, and that there are alternative ways in which to convey the Gospel besides the preached word. She was given the Spiritual name Yodit (Yo-deet) Ekundayo (eck-un-die-o) from her elders, which means Woman of Judah whose sorrows turn to joy.
Her favorite hymn clearly expresses her desire for God to enrich her life: “Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy praise…..here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by thy help I’m come!”