Edwin Reed


Edwin C. Reed (MBA ’79) spends Saturdays with his family, but on Sundays, you’ll always find him at the office. Reed is the CFO of the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens — a powerhouse religious institution and one of the nation’s leading community-development organizations. With more than 18,000 members, Allen’s congregation is the largest in the state of New York; the 2,500-seat Greater Allen Cathedral, the organization’s centerpiece and the site of Reed’s office, regularly fills to capacity for its Sunday services.

Reed joined the Allen church in 1983 and was soon working side by side with its dynamic pastor, the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake, to take Allen’s ministry outside the church walls. In 1986, after eight years as a senior executive at General Motors, Reed left GM to manage Flake’s successful bid for Congress and then served as his chief of staff in Washington for the next eight years. Reed returned to Allen as CFO in 1995 to oversee the building of its $23 million cathedral, which was dedicated two years later. (That same year, Flake resigned from Congress to return to Allen.) Since 1997, Reed has managed the financial operations of Allen’s numerous ministries and eleven affiliated corporations, its 350-person staff, and its total assets of more than $92 million.

After three years of commuting to Virginia Union University for Friday and Saturday classes, Reed received a master of divinity degree and was ordained in June 2004.