2013 Preaching Conference

October 21, 2013

The Man, the Message, and the Ministry

Rev. Dr. Harry Reeder, alumnus (M.Div. '82) and board member, will be the keynote speaker at this year's annual preaching conference. The conference will be October 22 and 23, and will be held in Van Til Hall.  Admission is free, but registration is required.

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This event will be live-streamed here.

2013 Institute on Biblical Preaching

A lot goes into the preparation of an effective sermon. We certainly want to get the content and delivery right. But we cannot forget the importance of the preacher’s heart for God and for the flock he serves. Please join us at this year’s Institute on Biblical Preaching as Dr. Harry Reeder guides us into a biblical understanding of the man, the message, and the ministry.

Dr. Timothy Z. Witmer
Coordinator, Department of Practical Theology

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Registration for this conference is free, but it is required.


You are invited to Westminster Theological Seminary's Alumni Luncheon following the Plenary Address on October 23rd.  Please RSVP.

Alumni Luncheon:

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: Immediately following the 10:30 Plenary Address by Dr. Harry L. Reeder
Place: The Carriage House (formerly the Westminster Bookstore)
RSVP: Please RSVP for luncheon by emailing Nate Shannon at or checking the box marked "I wish to RSVP for the alumni lunch" when you register for the conference


Harry ReederHarry L. Reeder

Dr. Reeder is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama and serves on Westminster Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees. Having earned a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (where he serves as an adjunct faculty member), Pastor Reeder’s completed dissertation work on “The Biblical Paradigm of Church Revitalization” has blazed a remarkable trail of devotion to the ministry of Church Revitalization and leadership development both nationally and internationally. His passion for Church Revitalization ignited the publication of his book From Embers to a Flame- How God Can Revitalize Your Church. Along with a number of published works, he recently contributed to a chapter in the book John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology on the life of John Calvin as a preacher in honor of his 500th birthday for Ligonier Ministries. Pastor Reeder and his wife, Cindy, are natives of Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three children and are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.

carl trueman

Carl Trueman (M.A., St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History and Paul Woolley Chair of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary.  He also is a monthly columnist for  He has authored numerous books, including, The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology, The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalsim, Minority Report: Unpoplular Essays on Everything from Ancient Christianity to Zen Calvinism, and Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative: Histories and Fallacies, and most recently: Fools Rush In: Where Monkeys Fear to Tread. He is also an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

John S. Leonard

Dr. Leonard (M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and Director of the Global Urban Missions program at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Leonard has served as a missionary to Mission to the World and Arab World Ministries, Visiting Professor of Missions for Reformed Theological Seminary, and has been the Regional Director for Franco-phone Africa, Mission to the World. His passion, zeal, and gifting in the area of evangelism has birthed the publication of his new book Get Real; Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day to be released this October 2013 by New Growth Press. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Leonard serves as Senior Pastor at his church plant, Cresheim Valley Church in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife Christy have been married for 28 years and have three children.

Bruce FinnBruce Finn

Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, Bruce Finn earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from West Chester University, a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministries degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 1980 and served two churches (Baltimore, Md; Hilton Head, S.C.) prior to planting a church in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1986. In January 2005, Bruce began his ministry as the founder and Coordinator of Metro Philadelphia Church Planting Partnership. He supervises coaching and care for all church planters, gathers resources for a church planting movement and leads the implementation of a strategic plan to saturate the region with the Gospel and Gospel-centered churches. Bruce is the facilitator of monthly network gatherings for church planters and the director of the Philadelphia Church Planting Assessment Center. Bruce and Debbie Finn have been married for more than 39 years and have three children and one grandson.


Tuesday, October 22

Opening Meeting - livestreamed
1 Corinthians 1:10-25
The Primacy of Preaching and the Preacher
Dr. Harry Reeder

Wednesday, October 23
9:00am Plenary Address - livestreamed
Preaching: The Man, The Message, and the Ministry Part I
Dr. Harry Reeder
10:00am Coffee Break
10:30am Plenary Address - livestreamed
Preaching: The Man, the Message, and the Ministry Part II
Dr. Harry Reeder
12:00pm Lunch (in local restaurants)
Alumni Luncheon @ Carriage House (complimentary)
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Seminar 1:
Why is Good Preaching so Rare?
livestreamed at 2pm
Dr. Carl Trueman

Seminar 2:
Preaching and Evangelism
livestreamed at 3:30pm
Dr. John S. Leonard

Seminar 3:
Preaching and Church Planting
Dr. Bruce Finn

3:00pm Coffee Break
3:30pm Seminars (Repeated from 2:00pm)
5:00pm Dinner (in local restaurants)
7:00pm Closing Meeting - livestreamed
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
The Profile of Preaching and Preacher
Dr. Harry Reeder

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