The Gospel Coalition


Harry Reeder

Harry Reeder is Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL

Dr. Harry L. Reeder, III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Cindy are natives of Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three children: Jennifer Toomer, Harry IV, and Abigail Leib (Ryan).  Additionally, they are the proud grandparents of Brianna, C.J. and Mack Toomer and Matthias & Taylor Leib.

Pastor Reeder began his undergraduate work at East Carolina University.  After his marriage to Cindy, he withdrew in order to allow his wife to finish her BA degree in chemistry from UNCC.  During the first year of their marriage in 1969, Harry was called by the Gospel of grace in Jesus Christ to a personal relationship with the risen Savior.  After Cindy’s graduation, he returned to East Carolina University.  Heeding God’s call in his life to the Gospel ministry, he left ECU and finished his undergraduate work at Covenant College, graduating in 1974.  With a degree in History and Bible, he began to Pastor an Independent Bible Church in the Chattanooga area.  This ministry continued for six years, during which he went part-time to Tennessee Temple Seminary.  Due to growing convictions in certain areas of theology and ecclesiology, Pastor Reeder resigned his charge in Chattanooga and went into a Pastorate of the Presbyterian Church in America in Miami, Florida—Pinelands Presbyterian Church.  While in Miami, he completed his Master of Divinity Degree with Westminster Seminary through the Florida Theological Center.  Pinelands Presbyterian Church enjoyed the blessing of God’s sovereign grace and grew from an attendance of 50 to over 400 in his two-and-a-half year pastorate.

In February of 1983, Pastor Reeder was called to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church on as their founding Pastor.  The ministry began with 38 committed members and in seventeen years, attendance has grown to over 3,000 during the Lord’s Day morning worship services.  The Lord has also brought into existence a growing radio ministry entitled “In Perspective.”  The program is heard Monday through Friday on a number of stations in the southeast.  An increasing amount of his time is devoted to leadership development, Christian Manhood Seminars, and lectures on the War between the States, with a biographical focus upon Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Pastor Reeder has recently written a book that has been published by Crossway called Dynamic Leadership.

Additionally, he is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization hosting conferences in the United States twice a year called, “Embers to a Flame.”  Pastor Reeder completed his doctoral dissertation on The Biblical Paradigm of Church Revitalization and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.  He is the author of “From Embers to a Flame – How God Can Revitalize Your Church”

Pastor Reeder’s commitment to ministry could be summed up with the following comments, first about his former church, then about his current church: “I believe that the Lord called me to Charlotte, North Carolina for a particular purpose.  That is to establish by the grace of God, a Servant-Resource Church, one through which other churches can be planted and encouraged; revitalization of existing churches and resourcing para-church ministries to advance the claims of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God throughout the world.  I believe unless the Lord intervenes with special direction, that He has called me to this ministry with a lifetime commitment.  My overall philosophy of ministry can be found in Ephesians 4:11-16, specifically as a Pastor/Teacher, I am to “equip the saints” so they can do “the work of the ministry.”  I look forward by the grace of God to a long, exciting, and productive ministry at Christ Covenant in the beautiful area and community of Charlotte, North Carolina.”

Providentially, Pastor Reeder received a call from the Lord to become the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Though a native of Charlotte, he stated: “What I have come to realize is that personal blessings of the Lord are not the same as a calling from the Lord.  If I do not respond to His clear call because of my personal enjoyments and comforts in His blessings, then those blessings become idols.  I need to do, I want to do, and I eagerly look forward to doing what the Lord has called me to do at Briarwood.” 

Pastor Reeder is beginning his 9th year at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.