Most of my posts from 2008 have been forgotten. Perhaps that’s a good thing. But among the few which continue to attract attention, an average of four hits a day right through 2009 and 54 hits already this month, is my post on The fall of Bishop Michael Reid. Although this post and the events reported in it date from nearly two years ago, there is clearly continued interest in the story of Michael Reid and of Peniel Church in Brentwood. Indeed I have had e-mails specifically asking me to report further developments here.
This was in fact only the first of four previous posts here about Michael Reid. The most recent before this one reported, in September 2009, Bishop Michael Reid arrested on suspicion of rape. In other developments which I did not report here (see this site, not friendly to Reid, for further details), Michael Reid has opened a new ministry with a new website (not an endorsement), on which I found this wonderful piece of tautological prose:
The Ministries of Bishop Michael Reid includes all form of ministries streams that flow from the life of our ministry, What God Can Do Ministries.
Also, according to this local newspaper article from 2008, Michael Reid was offered £500,000 by Peniel Church in settlement of his claims against them, including wrongful dismissal, but rejected this offer and took the church to an employment tribunal. The tribunal hearing took place in December 2009, during which, according to the local newspaper, it was revealed that a second woman
claimed to have had a relationship of “many years” with Reid, which involved a “possible abuse of his position”.
Or was this actually a third woman? That is suggested by these summaries of court reports. It is not clear whether the rape allegations concern this same second or third woman. Reid had been expected in court to “answer bail” on these allegations on 6th February, but according to this site the hearing has been postponed for at least the third time, until 12th May.
I drafted this post last week intending to wait for publication of the report of the employment tribunal, according to that same site expected “early February” and (last week) “in the very near future”. But it is no longer “early February”, and so I shall give my readers now the benefit of what I have written so far, and follow this up with another post when the tribunal results are known.
One thing which is known already is that Reid’s wife Ruth’s “claim for unfair dismissal, sexual discrimination and breach of contract” has already been rejected, for procedural reasons, see also this summary. It seems unlikely that Reid’s own claim will do much better. I would think that the most he could expect to be awarded would be much less than the £500,000 he has been offered out of court. But we are still waiting for the result.