|Autobiography:||He teaches, preaches, prays, talks and tries his best to win the hearts and souls of men for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.|
The words above epitomize the man Reverend Dr. Alphonse Reff, has become and the man God continues to use in fulfilling His purpose.
In January 1962, God's plan for Alphonse Reff, Sr. was revealed and he accepted the call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He pursued his education in the ministry at Union Baptist Theological Seminary where he received an Associate Degree. Reverend Reff also received associate certificates in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Counseling from Superior State Wisconsin, and Biblical Preaching from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago Illinois.
In 1963, he married Janice Marie Oliver Parker. They have four children and nine grandchildren
September 1984, Rev. Reff was appointed as Pastor of Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church and it has grown spiritually and educationally under the very skillful leadership of this God-sent shepherd.
On July 1, 1988, Reverend Alphonse Reff, Sr. became Reverend Dr. Alphonse Reff, Sr. when he received his Doctorate of Divinity from Monrovia College, Sims School of Religion and Industrial Training School, Inc., Monrovia Liberia, West Africa, by Presiding Bishop Byrd.
Dr. Reff was instrumental in the collaboration between Harvest Preparatory School (a Minneapolis Charter School) and Wayman A.M.E. Church — a first in the city of Minneapolis and was involved with the establishment of the Synergy Boys School.
Dr. Reff founded the Wayman Bible Institute in 1999, received the Leadership Award and was a delegate to the General Conference in 2000. He and Mrs. Reff were also honored with the Minnesota State Parent of the Year Award from Governor Jessie Venture in 2000.
Dr. Reff became Presiding Elder of the Saint Paul Minneapolis District in 2004 and founded the Richard Allen Math and Science Academy in 2008.
Reverend Reff has been in the ministry for 50 years; serving 28 years as Pastor of Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church and eight years as Presiding Elder of the Saint Paul Minneapolis District, Chicago Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.