Famous Pastor Dies in Car Wreck

Famous Pastor Dies in Car Wreck

(UnitedVoice.com) – Briarwood Presbyterian Church Pastor Harry Reeder III was widely known in the religious community. The Birmingham, Alabama, pastor began leading the church in 1999 when the church’s founder, Rev. Frank Barker, retired. Sadly, his service came to an end in a terrible way.

On March 18, Reeder was traveling in a 2022 Buick Envision when he slammed into the back of a dump truck that was making a turn. The wreck happened just after 10 a.m. When first responders arrived on the scene, they pronounced the beloved pastor dead. The 38-year-old driver of the dump truck, Brad Dawson, was not injured in the accident.

Briarwood put a statement out on Twitter announcing the pastor’s death. The church asked the community to pray for his wife, Cindy, and children, Ike, Abby, and Jennifer.

The statement went on to say they were not grieving “without hope” because their “pastor is with His Savior and has been received by grace.”

Pastor Bruce Stallings, the Briarwood Presbyterian executive, said that the community feels a “tremendous loss,” but they know their “deep loss is His greatest gain,” and for that reason, they are rejoicing.

Reeder began his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University. When he married his wife, he dropped out so she could earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Eventually, Reeder re-enrolled at the university but left again when the Lord called on him to serve. In 1974, he finally received his undergraduate degree in History and Bible from Covenant College.

The pastor served ministries in Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina, before moving on to Alabama. In addition to his work in the church, Reeder hosted a podcast and wrote books.

In addition to his wife and children, he’s survived by many grandchildren and a legacy that will serve his community for decades to come.

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