The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)
Organization: First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, FL

The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, FL. Before assuming this role in July 2023, he served for 5 years as senior pastor of Johns Creek United Methodist Church in Johns Creek, GA.

Prior to that he was pastor of Pasadena Community Church (United Methodist) in St. Petersburg, Florida, and before that was pastor of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church in Casselberry, FL. He has also served churches in Lakeland, FL, and Atlanta and Athens, GA.

Charley is a graduate of Florida Southern College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.). He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2010.

He is the author of One Heaven of a Party, That'll Preach! and other books.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

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Charley Reeb: Do You Want the Truth?

Tuesday August 08, 2023
In his sermon, Dr. Charley Reeb asks what a Christian looks like. "Could it be that a real follower of Jesus is one who, well, looks like Jesus? Could it be when faced with a moment of truth, a follower of Jesus will listen to his voice and be obedient, even if it costs them?"

Charley Reeb: The Most Important Question

Tuesday July 27, 2021
Dr. Charley Reeb says Jesus said some startling things during his time on earth: he claimed he was God, he claimed to forgive sins, and he claimed that if we put our trust in him he will give us eternal life. Powerful claims, indeed, and they force us to make a decision.

Charley Reeb: Why Christianity?

Tuesday November 06, 2018
Dr. Charley Reeb delves into the important questions: Why Christianity? What makes Christianity so special? John’s first chapter, he says, wonderfully explains WHY Jesus is so compelling and life-changing. John tells us that those who are open to understanding and experiencing God’s personality and light will be transformed by it.

Charley Reeb: Lose the Cape

Tuesday October 30, 2018
Dr. Charley Reeb says one big reason why more people aren’t Christian is other Christians--those who are judgmental rather than joyful, negative rather than encouraging, and anything but loving. How can we avoid getting wrapped up in our capes that represent some opinion or judgment or political view?

Charley Reeb: The Secret

Tuesday September 13, 2016
In his second sermon on a popular and beloved Scripture text, Dr. Charley Reeb explores Philippians 4:10-13, and reveals the Apostle Paul's secret to contentment in life despite the circumstances.

Charley Reeb: The Gospel in Miniature

Tuesday September 06, 2016
John 3:16-17 is one of the most popular and beloved texts in the Christian Scriptures. Dr. Charley Reeb unpacks it for us in a fresh way, explaining that it captures the "gospel in miniature."

The Great Omission

Tuesday June 10, 2014
Dr. Charley Reeb explores Jesus' Great Commission, and offers a challenge to us today to make it a passionate part of our life mission to make disciples of Christ.

Controlling the Wind

Tuesday June 03, 2014
In his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Charley Reeb calls us to celebrate the birthday of the church, and to open ourselves up to the power of the Spirit in our everyday lives.

Postcard from Heaven

Tuesday August 10, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb offers encouragement from the book of Hebrews to keep running with perseverance the race of faith set before us.

When Trouble Comes

Tuesday August 03, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb says "Life is unpredictable. Life is filled with uncertainties." How do we respond when we encounter pain and suffering in our life? Hebrews 11 reveals the faith that can bring peace in the midst of the storm.

I Wonder About God's Will for My Life

Sunday September 25, 2005
The Rev. Charles Reeb, pastor of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church in Casselberry, Florida, concludes his series on the great "wonders" of the faith with his sermon based on Romans 12:1-2, "I Wonder About God's Will for My Life."

I Wonder Why My Prayers Go Unanswered

Sunday September 18, 2005
The Rev. Charles Reeb, pastor of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church in Casselberry, Florida, continues his series on the great "wonders" of the faith with his sermon entitled, "I Wonder Why My Prayers Go Unanswered," based on Luke 11:1-13.

I Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Sunday September 11, 2005
Rev. Charles Reeb, pastor of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church in Casselberry, Florida, brings the first of three sermons on the "great wonders of the faith," with his first sermon entitled "I Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People."

Articles by The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

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Charley Reeb: Why We Loved the Royal Wedding Sermon: A Homiletical Analysis of Bishop Michael Curry’s Sermon

Tuesday June 05, 2018
Over the last few days it seems the whole world has been talking about a 14 minute sermon. In addition to being encouraged by the world’s response to this gospel message, I believe preachers can learn a great deal from Bishop Curry’s sermon. There are important homiletic elements to Curry’s message that made it so effective. Below you will find the full transcript of the sermon along with my commentary.

Video by The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

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Day1 Book Launch Party Video

Saturday December 12, 2020
Day1 presents a video Book Launch Party for the new book, "Bread Enough for All: A Day1 Guide to Life," published by Church Publishing, Inc. Join Day1 host Peter Wallace and seven outstanding preachers/church leaders who share their sermon excerpts from the book and engage in conversation and Q&A: Joanna M. Adams, Anna Carter Florence, William Flippin Jr., Juan Carlos Huertas, Micah Jackson, Charley Reeb, and Ozzie Smith Jr.

The Rev. Charles D. Reeb - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Thursday August 12, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Charlie Reeb joins the host of Day1, Peter Wallace, for a wide ranging discussion focused on his work as senior pastor at Pasadena Community Church UMC, the future of the mainline church, and the growing problem of consumerism of the church today and how to fix it.