Wednesday Worship with Fr. Morgan Reed

Sarah Stewart on February 29, 2024

The Institute on Religion and Democracy hosted Fr. Morgan Reed of Corpus Christi Anglican Church in Springfield, Virginia on February 28 for our “Wednesday Worship” noonday prayer and luncheon.

The monthly gathering aims to foster Christian fellowship within the greater Washington area. IRD hosts prominent Christian leaders to deliver sermons, pray, and facilitate worship.

Fr. Reed, an Anglican vicar and church planter, spoke to the IRD staff and guests on the passage of Mark 8:31-38 on “The Challenge of Discipleship.”

Video of the worship service can be accessed below.

A native of Northern California, Reed came to Christ as a teenager and was very involved in youth and college ministry. Sensing a call to ordained ministry, he moved to Chicago and attended the Moody Bible Institute where he graduated with a degree in pastoral ministry. There he developed an academic interest in ancient Semitic languages and shortly thereafter attended Dallas Theological Seminary with the hopes of becoming a professor of Hebrew and Syriac literature while he continued to serve weekly in a local youth ministry.

While in Dallas he discovered the importance of reading the writings of the ancient church as well as the wholeness and health that can be found in the historic liturgy of the church (i.e., how the church has worshiped). He and his wife, Ashley, moved to Arlington, VA in 2012 where he began attending the Catholic University of America where he completed his PhD in Hebrew and Syriac studies. Over the last seven years in Northern Virginia, God confirmed his call to pastoral ministry and he was ordained as a Priest in the Anglican Church in North America in 2017. After helping plant Incarnation Anglican Church in Arlington, God called Reed to begin a new church plant in 2020 that would serve the Fairfax County communities of Franconia, Kingstowne, and Springfield. Springfield feels like a providential homecoming for the Reeds because God has called them to the place where Ashley’s grandparents lived and where her mother was raised for a time.

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