With thanksgiving for Bishop John Reid

Posted on January 3, 2016 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Bishop John Reid at St. George's Hurstville December 1986It has been announced that Bishop John Reid, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Sydney, 1972–1993, has fallen asleep in Christ at the age of 87.

In a tribute posted at SydneyAnglicans.net, Archbishop Glenn Davies said that Bishop Reid,

“will be remembered for being an accomplished Bible teacher, an able administrator and a passionate evangelist. His abilities were internationally recognised through his involvement with the Lausanne Movement as chairman, as well as the missionary organisation Interserve.”

Bishop John Reid, 1981. Courtesy Ramon Williams, Worldwide PhotosJohn Reid was ordained in Sydney in 1955, served as Curate at St. Matthew’s Manly (1955-56) and as Rector of Christ Church Gladesville (1956–1969). He was collated as Archdeacon of Cumberland in 1969, and in 1972 was consecrated as Assistant Bishop of Sydney. He was responsible for the South Sydney area of the diocese until his retirement in 1993.

Bishop Reid was passionately concerned to see men and women come to faith in Christ. Many will be unaware, for example, of his behind-the-scenes work to support pastors in Communist Eastern Europe, before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Bishop Reid is survived by his wife Alison. We will post funeral details here when they become available.

(Top photo: Bishop John Reid visiting St. George’s Hurstville in 1986. 

Second photo: Bishop Reid in 1981, courtesy Ramon Williams, Worldwide Photos.)