Gottfried Reichel was born on 9 March 1930. He was born again on 2 May 1948. He and his wife, Hannelore Pusch Reichel, had four children: Matthias, Michael, Katharina and Elisabeth.
Gottfried began preaching the gospel at Munich, Germany in August of 1948. He first studied at the Kolleg der Gemeinde Christi at Frankfurt, Germany and in 1953 he received a BA degree from Harding University at Searcy, Arkansas in the United States.
In 1950 and 1951 he preached for the church in Heppenheim, Germany and from 1953 to 1968 he preached for the Munich-Laim congregation.
For 35 years, from June 1965 through December 2000, he was the regular speaker for the German Radio Ministry, a weekly broadcast aired over Radio Luxembourg, with its 600,000 watts, the most powerful commercial radio station in the world.
This German-language program called Es grüßen euch die Gemeinden Christi (Romans 16:16) received mail responses from listeners in 39 countries located on four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
Over five hundred known new births through water and the Spirit have been reported among radio listeners and New Testament churches have come into being as a result of the broadcasts.
In 1971-72 Gottfried served as visiting Professor of Missions at Harding University and in 1979 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Harding. From 1973-82 he taught at the Bibelschule Heidelberg, a Bible School that was accredited by Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. In 1985 he was awarded the Excellence in Mass Communications Evangelism Award by Abilene Christian University. In the November 1999 issue of the Gospel Advocate he was listed among 100 Special Servant Leaders (Trailblazers) of churches of Christ in the 20th Century.