Dr. Milton A. Reid, who prefers to be called, Milton the Disciple, is the son, grandson, and great grandson of Baptist Ministers, Pastors, and founder of churches. He was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on January 30th, 1930 during the height of the depression in America. The disciple discovered the real world as he walked to school in Norfolk County and white children road the bus. When a white boy spit him on one morning, he suddenly noticed that they were riding and he was walking. After raising the question with his father, he was simply told that God was going to fix it after awhile. When the first school bus was driven on that route some eight years later, the author drove it.
Upon completing High school, he volunteered to go into the United States Army, and would become a paratrooper with the Eighty Second Airborne Division, and was stationed at Fort North Carolina, where he met and Married Marian E. Todd of Windsor, North Carolina. He continued his education at Fayetteville State Teachers College and Virginia Union University, where he graduated with a B.A. Degree in History and a Masters of Divinity Degree in Theology in 1955-1958 respectively. In 1953, he was called to the New Hope Baptist Church of Chesapeake, and the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Virginia Beach in 1955. He was called to the First Baptist Church, Harrison Street in Petersburg in 1957, and to the New Calvary Baptist Church in 1966. While in Petersburg, he had his first jail experience for civil disobedience, jailed four times in Danville, Virginia, once in Lynchburg, Virginia, once in Albany, Georgia, once in Edenton, North Carolina, and twice in Norfolk, Virginia, demanding justice and equal opportunity. He served four years on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and forty-two years on the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was a National Board member of Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, and Pastor's for Peace for seven years.
An international traveler, he has preached on five of the seven continents of the world, Baptized three times in the River Jordan, and served Communion three times in the upper room in Jerusalem. In 1970 he took a trip around the world with his wife, Marian, and has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Soviet Union. In 1980 he completed all the requirements and graduated with honors from the School of Theology at Boston University with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Liberation Theology. Now a retired American Baptist pastor, he continues his ministry of Liberation and Celebration through new paper articles, The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Life Institute, and a Bible Study Group whose theme is "Doing the Word," from the stand point of Liberation Theology.
At 76, he has applied to Boston University for a Ph.D, in a course that he has called, A Divine Biology Of Being. The Disciple has been married to Mrs. Marian T. Reid, for 53 plus years, and is a father of four, Maravia A. Ebong, Michelle A. Reid, Humphrey T. Reid, and Milton A. Reid Jr.