The Reverend Della Reese will turn 80 years old in July, and her life is a testimony to all who know her. Reese is perhaps best known for her powerful voice and for her role as head angel Tess on the hit series “Touched by an Angel.” She spoke with The Christian Post about her life, faith, and what lies ahead. Don’t count on her slowing down anytime soon!
“I’ve been a vocalist & entertainer since 6 years old,” Reese told CP. “I started singing in church and a chain of events, some of this, some of that, but all God led me to where I am now.”
Reese gives full credit for her faith to her mother, who she says was a “friend of God. That was normal in her house. I saw my mother’s relationship with God and saw that it ‘worked.’ She was able to do things my father’s salary was unable to do, had peace of mind and a good relationship with every human being.”
While Reese has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment business, she says, “If the world had been different, I probably would have started in the ministry, but women were not allowed in the pulpit, women not allowed to teach at that time, which is ironic because of Mary Magdalene’s authority and importance.”
The hit series “Touched by an Angel” aired on CBS for nine years. It was one of the few primetime shows to spread the message of God’s love. Reese played lead angel Tess, who helped younger angel Monica find her way.