About James A. Harnish

After 42 years of pastoral ministry in Florida, I am discovering the new life of a retired United Methodist preacher.  Martha and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on the same weekend we concluded our ministry at Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa in 2014.

We moved to our home on Eagle Lake in rural Polk County where I continue writing for the United Methodist Publishing House (Cokesbury),doing some teaching and preaching and serving as a facilitator for the Institute of Preaching at Duke Divinity School while protecting lots of time for relaxing with the family.

We have two fantastic daughters.  Carrie Lynn is married to Andy.  They live in Orlando with our grandchildren Julia, Alex and Luke. Deborah Jeanne is married to Dan.  They live in Charleston, South Carolina, with our two grand-daughters, Mattie, and Molly.




5 thoughts on “About James A. Harnish

  1. Dear Jim,
    I originally searched for you to say thank you for your clear and sensible devotions in Upper Room Devotions. They have been very helpful. When I didn’t find you as pastor of a church, I figured you were retired and, fortunately, found you here. Now, I can thank you also for your thoughtful blog about “Is God a Republican.” I’ll read other blogs later. But, again, thanks.
    Rev. Ed Womack, UMC pastor, worked for 40 yrs, retired for 22, Cal-Pac conference

  2. I want to thank you for your presence and sharing in Bay View this week. We are a wonderful community with a long heritage that in my experience is struggling with what it means to follow Jesus . Your thoughts and comments have encouraged me and re-kindled my belief that there is a solution. Blessings Vic

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