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Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

Thursday, February 23, 2023 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET



As a faith that spans the whole world and is inclusive to peoples of all backgrounds and nationalities, Christianity has a rich and culturally expansive history. In the 2000 years since Christ’s advent, the church has developed from a collection of disciples and eyewitnesses to a diverse, multinational force of influence, culture, and ideas. There are almost countless denominations – with some estimates including tens of thousands of unique organizations. With traditions that many of us take for granted and such a wide array of practices, doctrines, and beliefs, it’s imperative that we trace our heritage and learn about the origins of what we believe. Why does your church do the things it does, and how did humanity play a role in shaping Christianity as it appears today? Join Dr. Michael Reynolds in a comprehensive deep dive of 2000 years of the church and how we arrived at our current state.


Michael D. Reynolds, D.Min.
Director of Ministerial Development
Church of God
Division of Education

Dr. Michael D. Reynolds joined the Division of Education at Church of God International Offices as the director of Ministerial Development and the project director of the Lilly Initiative in October 2018.

Dr. Reynolds has served as an associate professor of Christian Ministries at Trinity College and affiliate professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also served as the executive director and associate dean of Trinity International University at the South Chicago Regional Campus in Dolton, IL.

He served as senior pastor of New Life Celebration Church of God in Dolton, Illinois, from 1992 to 2020. This church planted eight churches and has an elementary school that serves the community children from pre-school to 8th grade.

He serves as the president of the New Life Urban Educational Center, which is a discipleship arm for the church. In addition to his local responsibilities, he serves as chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Dr. Reynolds and his wife, Erica, have been married since 1981 and have four lovely children—Michael II, Celenna, Jonathan, Cicely Reynolds, and are grandparents to four children: Michael Reynolds III, Chloe Reynolds, and Eric and Levi Loggins.

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