Charles L. Reid III is pastor of the Bethesda Worship Center. In this position, Dr. Chuck, as some people call him, directs the activities of this growing congregation located at 1280 E. Algonquin Road in Des Plaines, Illinois, just north of O’Hare airport. Formerly Chuck was Director of Ethnic External Relations for Kraft Foods, Inc. In this position, Chuck was responsible for the strategic leadership and overall coordination of activities which helped Kraft achieve a leadership position with key ethnic groups. He held a number of positions in Diversity and EEO/AA functions over his more than twenty-six years of service with Kraft. Dr. Chuck became pastor of the congregation in 1996. He retired from Kraft in 1998 to devote full-time to the ministry and the congregation.
Chuck is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., and serves as a District Elder, Chairman of the Illinois District Council (IDC), and a member of the Executive Board of the IDC.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, he earned the BS in Education (Math) from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, and the Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also earned the Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the International Apostolic College of Grace and Truth, which also conferred upon him the Doctorate of Philosophy in Church Administration Degree. He resides in Mt. Prospect, IL with his wife, Barbara.
Demonstrating concern for his community, Pastor Chuck was instrumental in founding Troy Resources Our Youth, Inc. (Troy, Ohio), a community-based organization which provided Summer employment for high school and college students with public sector employers. He also served on a number of boards, committees, and advisory councils which impact on change and diversity in the corporate and civic arena.
Some other associations and accomplishments:
Member, Des Plaines Ministerial Association
Member, Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership (DPHCP) and DPHCP Foundation
Life Member, Kiwanis International and Member and Distinguished Past President of Des Plaines, IL club and Troy, OH club
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Xi chapter (inactive)
Former Mathematics Instructor for seven (7) years, Gary, IN and Dayton, OH
Former President, Human Relations Commission, Troy, OH
Former Board Member, Literacy Volunteers of America
Former Chair, Business Advisory Council, Organization of Chinese Americans
Published paper, “Vocational Education’s Role in Impacting on Adult Unemployment and Job Mobility,” January, 1979, in Resources in Education
Professional Member, Sigma Iota Epsilon Honorary Management Fraternity, Illinois State University
Past Member, Corporate Advisory Council, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
Past Member, Business Policy Review Council
Jefferson High School Hall of Fame (Basketball Coach), 2006