Who We Are

Embers to a Flame is a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor
Rev. Lynn Downing, Pastor of Church Revitalization
Mr. Joe Weatherly, Fanning the Flame Coach

205.776.5399 • embers@briarwood.org


• We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

• We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

• We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

• We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is
absolutely essential.

• We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

• We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

• We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Harry Reeder

Dr. Harry Reeder is Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He has served the Lord in numerous ways over the past 35 years including ministering through a daily radio program, “In Perspective.” He is passionate about the ministry of church revitalization and authored, From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church. He has led Embers Conferences all around the world including South Africa, Kenya, Australia, Uganda, and South Korea.


Lynn Downing

Rev. Lynn Downing is the Pastor of Church Revitalization at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, after serving for 37 years as the Senior Pastor of Lake Osborne Pres. Church in Lake Worth, FL. Lynn has served on several regional and national committees in his denomination, including both home and foreign missions ministries, and has ministered to missionaries on fields in South America, Asia, and Europe.


Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology.  His pastoral ministry spans three decades and four congregations, including almost 18 years as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS.  Dr. Duncan has authored, co-authored, edited or contributed to more than 35 books; most recently, The Underestimated Gospel (B&H, 2014), The Unadjusted Gospel (Crossway, 2014), and Gospel Clarity:  Challenging the New Perspective on Paul (with Bill Barcley) (Evangelical Press, 2011).  He has given academic lectures and addresses widely, including the following:  the University of Edinburgh, New College; Edinburgh Theological Seminary; Rutherford House; Beeson Divinity School; Belhaven University; and the Presbyterian Theological College (Melbourne, Australia).


Al Baker

Rev. Al Baker serves as Director of the Alabama Church Planting Network and is an Evangelistic Revival Preacher with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.  He has been in the ministry for over 30 years and has been actively involved in foreign missions all over the globe.  He is author of Seeking a Revival Culture:  Essays on Fortifying an Anemic Church, and two other books on revival – Revival Prayer:  A Needed Paradigm Shift in Today’s Church and Essays on Revival:  In Wrath May God Remember Mercy.  Al Baker’s great burden is moving the church forward in prayer for revival and for seeing a great harvest of souls through evangelistic preaching in churches and in the streets of our great cities and universities.  He is actively involved in training the next generation of evangelistic preachers.


Mike Ross

Dr. Mike Ross planned to be a priest and was educated in Catholic schools before he was converted at the age of twenty-seven. He left a career in business to pursue full time ministry and presently serves as senior pastor of Christ Covenant in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Ross has authored two books, Preaching for Revitalization and The Light of the Psalms: Developing Your Faith with Every Psalm.


Joe Weatherly

Mr. Joe Weatherly serves as the Fanning the Flame Coach and President of Weatherly Consulting, a company committed to increasing kingdom effectiveness by ensuring clarity of vision, careful planning and effective accountability structures for churches. With four years of pastoral experience, Joe also has 35 years of experience building vision and creating strategic plans in a multi-national financial services company.