Reed Hernandez

Director of Student Ministry

Reed was born and raised in Northern Virginia and came to Lynchburg to pursue a ministry degree at Liberty University. He graduated Liberty in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Leadership and gained valuable ministry experience in the local church—both on a volunteer and staff basis—during his time as a student. Reed volunteered with FBC’s student ministry in a leadership role and was hired in March 2016 to be the Director of Student Ministry. Reed completed his M.Div at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2020 and is continuing his education in the field of biblical counseling.

Reed and his wife, Maeve, met at Liberty University while both studying ministry. They were engaged in 2014 and began looking for a church home together. They landed at Forest Baptist in the summer of 2014, joined as members, and began serving in the student ministry together. They were married in 2015, with Reed being hired at FBC the following year. They had their son, Mark, in 2017 and welcomed their daughter, Mila, in 2020. 

Reed enjoys ice hockey, soccer, and running, and loves getting outdoors to camp and kayak whenever possible. He is passionate about Tottenham Hotspur soccer, but even more passionate about teaching students God’s Word in a way that is relevant to their lives and builds a foundation for a lifetime of faithfulness to Christ.


Philosophy of Student Ministry

A healthy student ministry should have all the hallmarks of a healthy church ministry: founded upon Christ, devoted to the Scriptures, preaching the gospel, making disciples, and serving all. Student ministry is not its own church and should never become that way. Rather, it should be an extension of the local church and the Christian family—partnering with parents to disciple their children in the ways of the Lord for a lifetime of faithfulness to Christ and His church.

Favorite Authors

Kevin DeYoung
Mark Dever
Jonathan Leeman
David Powlison
Ed Welch
J.C. Ryle