Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Author, and Speaker
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 and Mitchell Elizabeth 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 as their founding Pastor. The ministry began with 38 committed members and in seventeen years, attendance grew to over 3,000 during the Lord's Day morning worship services.
The Lord has also brought into existence a growing Bible teaching radio ministry entitled "In Perspective." The program is heard Monday through Friday on a number of stations in the southeast. Pastor Reeder also has a 10 minute daily radio program called “Conversations with Harry” as well as 1 minute In Perspective spots.
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, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington. Pastor Reeder has written a book, published by Crossway called The Leadership Dynamic.
Additionally, he is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization hosting multiple “Embers to a Flame Conferences” both nationally and internationally each year. 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 (where he serves as adjunct faculty member and holds the same status at Birmingham Theological Seminary, Birmingham, Alabama) and is the author of From Embers to a Flame – How God Can Revitalize Your Church.
Along with a number of published works he is recently contributed a chapter in the book “John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology” on the life of John Calvin as a preacher for Ligonier Ministries to honor of his 500th birthday.
Providentially, Pastor Reeder received a call from the Lord to become the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama in September of 1999.