Dr Al Reichman - Ahavath Messiah Ministries Executive Director
Dr. Reichman comes from a long line of orthodox rabbis. His paternal grandfather, an orthodox rabbi, immigrated to the United States from Austria. His first exposure to the Gospel was at the age of 8, when a friend invited him to attend a Vacation Bible School. After that summer, two of his sisters attended a youth camp sponsored by the same church and came home having accepted Jesus Christ to be their Savior. His parents had divorced by this time, opening the door for Dr. Reichman and his sisters to freely attend church.
Despite his active attendance in church, it was not until he was a teenager that he finally came to accept Christ as his Savior. During the invitation in the morning service, Al realized that everything he had been taught about Jesus was exactly what his father had taught him about Messiah. This settled in his heart and he readily received Messiah. However, not without cost--his father mourned him as dead and never spoke to him again. The Lord laid a claim on Al's life a year later at youth camp and he surrendered his life to serve the Lord. Following high school, he traveled with a Christian musical drama group for two years.
In 1975 he enrolled in Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Upon graduating in 1979 with a BA in Theology, Al was ordained. He and his wife, Michele, embarked on a 17 year pastoral ministry and the continuation of his education. He earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, Alabama, graduating Suma Cum Laude in both programs.
In 1984, Al began to develop a burden for the salvation of his own people. He has been used by the Lord in many churches desiring him to preach the need of taking the Gospel to the Jews, from whence it came. He led the churches he pastored to financially support Jewish Missions in a substantial way. Al has served as Missions Committee Chairman of the Central West Texas Baptist Bible Fellowship during his time in Texas, Chairman of the Illinois Baptist Bible Fellowship for four years, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Freedom Flyer Ministries. He has pastored three Baptist churches in New Mexico, Texas and Illinois. Since 1997, the Lord has opened the door for Al and Michele to serve in Jewish ministry. In 2013 the Lord led Al to launch Ahavath Messiah Ministries (Love of Messiah Ministries), where he continues to labor to bring the Gospel to Jewish people, as well as encouraging and teaching churches to do the same.Al travels to churches all across the country sharing his burden of taking the Gospel "to the Jew first, and also the Greek." He is a gifted speaker, who evidences the hand of God on his life and ministry.
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