School Board Member
The Reverend Dr. Ernest L. Reid, Jr.
Ernest L. Reid, Jr., is a native of Suffolk, Virginia, and a product of its public schools. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia. In addition, he has earned three graduate-level degrees: the Master of Divinity from the Virginia Union University School of Theology, Richmond; the Master of Theology, with a concentration in ethics, from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond; and the Doctorate of Ministry from Virginia Union University.
An active community participant since 2003, he is presently involved in local activities, serves on various boards and committees, and is a youth mentor. Dr. Reid is affiliated with a number of groups, including the Hampton Roads Advisory Board for Leland Theological Seminary, the MLK Leadership Steering Committee, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Pastor Reid was elected to the Portsmouth City School Board in May 2010, earning him the distinction of being the youngest member ever elected to Portsmouth’s education panel.
In his working relationships with people, Reverend Reid’s primary focus has been, and still is, on the three Cs: Compassion, Competence, and Composure. His
personal commitment is to provide a safe learning environment so that every child has an opportunity to receive a high-quality education.
As a former financial advisor, he brings sound fiscal responsibility to his ministerial calling. Dr. Reid is the senior pastor at Olive Branch Baptist Church of Portsmouth. He is married to the former Sherelle Harris of Richmond, Virginia. They have two sons: Ernest III and Noah, both of whom are enrolled in the public schools of Portsmouth.