North Nashville District Presiding Elder
Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield
The North Nashville District sits among the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee and includes churches in the North Nashville area all the way to the Kentucky state line. To the northwest the district includes the cities of Dickson and Charlotte, Tennessee and to the north and east of Nashville the cities of Springfield, Gallatin, Lebanon, Hartsville and Carthege.
Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He received all of his primary and secondary scholastic training in the public schools of Metropolitan Nashville. After graduating from high school, Rev. Sinkfield continued his studies at the Tennessee Technological University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Business Marketing. He later earned the Masters of Divinity Degree from the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Rev. Sinkfield has continued his Doctoral studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY; and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. Rev. Sinkfield is currently a Beeson Pastor Scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Rev. Sinkfield has been blessed with many opportunities for service in his ministerial career. He has served on the ministerial staffs of Bethel AME Church in Hampton, VA and Payne Chapel AME Church in Nashville, TN. He has also served as the pastor of Mount Olive AME Church in Lebanon, TN, St. James AME Church in Dickson, TN, United AME Church in Xenia, OH, Bishops Memorial AME Church in Columbia, SC, and St. John AME Church of Nashville, TN.
Rev. Sinkfield has been further blessed by God to minister through preaching and teaching. He is sought for sermons, workshops and seminars on the Presiding Elders’ District, Annual Conference and Connectional Level. He has also had the opportunity to conduct scores of crusades and revivals in churches across the country and internationally. Rev. Sinkfield has travelled extensively, including to Seoul, South Korea, the Holy Land of Israel, Kenya, the Maasai Mara, and he conducted a national crusade in Zimbabwe where thousands were led to Christ. Rev. Sinkfield has also been sought as a lecturer and panel participant on many college campuses and community organizations to address the pertinent and imperative issues of our day. He also served as the Dean of Students for Allen University. Rev. Sinkfield has had articles and sermons published in the A.M.E. Review and The Secret Chamber of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In October 2012, Rev. Sinkfield was appointed the Presiding Elder of the North Nashville District by Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath.
Rev. Sinkfield is happily married to his lovely wife, Kristy; and they are the proud parents of Joshua (the Executive Director for Faith Based and Neighborhood Projects for the Obama White House), Anah (A stellar Singer/Dancer & Student-Athlete), and Antoni, Jr (an aspiring inventor and an articulate communicator) . Rev. Sinkfield’s stated primary goal in his ministry is to work diligently and faithfully to bring all of those whom he encounters to the fullness of the potential that God has given to them. He believes that all can come to the empowering knowledge that truly we “can do all things through Christ who is our strength.”
South Nashville District Presiding Elder
Rev. Walter W. Reid
The South Nashville District is comprised of churches in the southern middle Tennessee region. It extends westward to Linden, eastward to Wartrace, and covers portions of North and East Nashville and southward down I-65 to Cornersville. The South Nashville District boasts twenty-seven churches and a membership of over 3,700 children of God.
The Reverend Walter Winstead Reid, Jr. was born January 15, 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Rev. Walter W. Reid Sr. and the late Mrs. Jerrie L. Reid. He is married to Evangelist Brenda L. Reid and is the proud father of three daughters, Kimberly, Brennan, and Shaquita; and grandfather of two, MaKayla and MaKenzi.
He has successfully matriculated as an alumnus of Trevecca Nazarene University where he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management. He also holds an Associate Degree in Business from Nashville Community State College. Reverend Reid has furthered his post graduate studies at the Memphis Theological Seminary and at Trevecca Nazarene University for the Master’s Degree in Religion.
Reverend Reid’s extensive experience in the Banking Industry led to his personal and professional associations with the Minority Banker’s Association and the Chamber of Commerce. This same experience of over 20 years further lends itself to his significant accomplishments in the areas of finance and construction, more specifically, a variety of projects that were initiated or completed during his pastorates. Most notably, those projects have included the building of an Educational Facility and Sanctuary expansion at St. John A.M.E. Church in Springfield, Tennessee, along with the acquisition of land. Rev. Reid also served as coordinator for a substantial tornado restoration project at St. Peter A.M.E. Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, an important landmark that is recorded on the National Register of Historic Places.
Under the auspices of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he is a fifth generation A.M.E. minister. Previously, he has served as Pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church, Memphis, Tennessee; St. Peter A.M.E. Church, Clarksville, Tennessee; St. John A.M.E. Church, Springfield, Tennessee; and Clayborn Chapel A.M.E Church, Williamsport, Tennessee. He is currently appointed as the Presiding Elder of the South Nashville District of the Tennessee Annual Conference.